Basic Summary for Infertility


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Main name of condition: Infertility
Other names or spellings: sterility


What is Infertility?
  Brief description of Infertility: Inability or difficulty with conception.
  Parent types of Infertility: Sexual Conditions
  Organs Affected by Infertility: sexual organs
  Types of Infertility: Subfertility, Male infertility, Female infertility
How many people get Infertility?
  Prevalance of Infertility: 6.1 million people in 1997 (NWHIC); 5.3 million Americans or 9% of reproductive age (NWHIC/American Society for Reproductive Medicine)
  Prevalance Rate of Infertility: approx 1 in 44 or 2.24% or 6.1 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Infertility: condition affects about 5.3 million Americans, or 9 percent of the reproductive age population, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.1
Who gets Infertility?
  Gender Profile for Infertility: Almost equally men and women.
How serious is Infertility?
  Complications of Infertility: see complications of Infertility
What causes Infertility?
  Causes of Infertility: see causes of Infertility
  Risk factors for Infertility: see risk factors for Infertility
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Infertility: see treatments for Infertility
Society issues for Infertility
  Hospitalization statistics for Infertility: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Infertility:
  • 0.13% (16,268) of hospital consultant episodes were for female infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for female infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for female infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for female infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for female infertility were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.007% (3,441) of hospital bed days were for female infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.005% (597) of hospital consultant episodes were for male infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for male infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for male infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for male infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for male infertility were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0004% (192) of hospital bed days were for male infertility in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Infertility: NWHIC

Last revision: Nov 26, 2003

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