Prevalence and Incidence of Infertility


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Infertility usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Infertility at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Infertility refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Infertility diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

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: 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

Prevelance statistics about Infertility: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Infertility:

  • 6.1 million people in the US 1997 (American Society of Reproductive Medicine)
  • 10.1% of reproductive age population in the US 1997 (American Society of Reproductive Medicine)
  • Infertility equally affects men and women in the US (American Society of Reproductive Medicine)

1. excerpt from Infertility: NWHIC

Last revision: Nov 26, 2003

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