Infertility Affects 1 in 6 Globally

( – The World Health Organization (WHO) is requesting that countries collect more data on infertility as 1 in 6 adults experience infertility, as reported by Newsmax. In a study looking at infertility from 1990 to 2021, it was discovered that about 17.5% of adults globally experience issues with having a child. 

The finding has led the chief of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to call for greater access to fertility care as well as make sure that the conversation is not swept under the rug. 

The WHO considers infertility to be the failure of the male or female reproductive system to conceive a child after a year of unprotected copulation. Despite the study, however, data is not consistent. James Kiarie, the head of Contraception and Fertility Care at the WHO, said that it is inconclusive whether fertility rates are increasing or constant between the thirty years examined by the study. 

The data reportedly calls for more consistency and reporting by countries across the globe, which must then be categorized according to multiple demographics, including age and cause of infertility. 

The WHO reported that there is “limited variation” in populations across the globe among adults who experience infertility across all countries and all income levels, according to ABC. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention corroborated these findings after showing that 1 in 5 women from the ages of 15 to 49 experience infertility. 

Dr. Asima Ahmad, the founder and chief of Carrot Fertility said that she was unsurprised by what the WHO found and suggested that the number might actually be higher than initially reported. She also suggested that instead of just getting data from all other countries, studying their access to care is more important, citing varying laws and regulations around the treatment.

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