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Infertility Statistics

Key Points:
  • Learn more about the causes and symptoms of female infertility.
  • Understand how male infertility can impact the process of having a baby.
  • Discover the facts about surrogacy after experiencing infertility and learn more about your options.

Despite how much it remains a taboo topic, infertility is more common than you may think.

But, exactly how common is infertility? What do infertility rates look like across the country?

Let’s look at some infertility statistics and infertility rates to better understand what it is and how it affects people.

If you have more questions about infertility numbers and what options may be available to you to work through infertility struggles, you can contact a professional and get the help you need.

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Female Infertility Statistics

  • 12% of women experience difficulties becoming pregnant or carrying a baby to term.
  • Approximately 1 in 8 couples in the United States deal with fertility issues.
  • Around 33% of Americans have turned to fertility treatments to get pregnant or know someone who has.

Female Infertility Statistics of Causes and Symptoms

Female infertility can be hard to deal with. But if you are experiencing fertility challenges, you are not alone. The fact is that 25% of women experience more than one cause for infertility.


  • 1 in 4 women get pregnant during any single menstrual cycle during their 20s and early to mid-30s.
  • Women in their 40s have a 1 in 10 change of getting pregnant per their menstrual cycle.
  • Women who are younger than 35 are advised to seek fertility help after a year of trying to conceive, while help is advised after 6 months of trying to conceive for women 35 and older.
  • While a 25-year-old woman who has been trying to conceive for three months has an 18% chance of getting pregnant in their next menstrual cycle, a 40-year-old woman has a 7% chance of getting pregnant in the same time frame.
  • Approximately 2 out of 3 women who start IVF treatments before age 35 will take home a baby within three IVF cycles.
  • Women 30 and younger have a 44% chance of a live birth in their first IVF cycle, while women aged 40-44 have an 11% chance of a live birth in their first IVF cycle.
  • About 11% of women report fertility concerns during their childbearing years.


  • PCOS causes about 90% of anovulation cases.
  • 1 in 10 women of childbearing age have PCOS.


  • Approximately 1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis during their reproductive years.
  • Around 40% of women who have endometriosis may experience infertility.

Other Causes

  • Cigarette smoking has been found to cause as much as 13% of female infertility.
  • A woman weighing too much or too little can cause approximately 12% of fertility concerns.

Male Infertility Statistics

Even though women are the ones who carry the babies, experts also suggest both partners – male and female – should talk with a specialist about why they are unsuccessful when trying to conceive.

  • Approximately 9% of men who are of reproductive age experience fertility issues.
  • In around 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility.
  • After a year of unprotected sex, about 12-15% of all couples are unable to conceive, while 10% are unable to conceive after two years of unprotected sex.

Male Infertility Statistics of Causes and Symptoms


  • 25% to 35% of men with primary infertility problems have varicocele.
  • 50% to 80% of men with secondary infertility issues have varicocele.

Lack of Sperm

  • 1% of all men suffer from azoospermia, which is an absence of sperm.
  • Around 10 to 15% of infertile men suffer from a lack of sperm.

Other Causes

  • Anywhere between 8.9% to 68.7% of men with infertility have reported a lack of sexual desire or lack of sexual satisfaction, both as types of sexual dysfunction.

Surrogacy Statistics [How Effective is Surrogacy?]

Surrogacy, or gestational surrogacy, is where a surrogate volunteers to carry a baby for a parent or parents, who are unable to go through the pregnancy for certain reasons. Surrogacy can be a great alternative for many who want to become parents.

  • Approximately 2% of all assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, involve a gestational surrogacy carrier.
  • Around 53.4% of gestational surrogacy carriers give birth to multiples.
  • Many couples turn to gestational surrogacy carriers in the U.S. for help in starting or growing their families, and 16% of those couples are not American.

For women whose eggs may not be able to work when it comes time for conception, there is the option for egg donation.

  • Approximately 2,413 women use fresh donor eggs each year, while approximately 3, 437 women use frozen donor eggs.
  • There is a 42.7% chance per IVF cycle that the fertility treatment will result in a singleton birth for women who use fresh donor eggs. Women who use frozen donor eggs have a 35.2% chance of a singleton birth

Donated sperm can also be used in intrauterine insemination, or IUI or IVF.

  • Around 48% of all sperm donors donate to a sperm bank because they want to help others.
  • About 21% of sperm donors donate to more than one bank.

There are also times where it takes work from both parties to help make a baby. With embryo donation, typically people have frozen and donated their embryos, but have decided that their baby-making journey is done. Embryo donation actually results in hundreds of babies every year.

  • Each year, approximately 1,877 women use donated embryos.
  • In the U.S., there is about a 35.8% chance per IVF cycle that the fertility treatment will result in a singleton birth if you use a donated embryo.

Find Help Today

Although we have presented many infertility numbers and infertility rates to you, we know there may still be a lot of worry and mixed feelings if you’re going through infertility issues. The most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone in your experience with infertility. Many women and men have experienced infertility, but still found alternative options to still be able to start and grow their families.

Surrogacy could be a great option for you. You can always contact a surrogacy agency near you to speak with a surrogacy professional about the benefits of surrogacy and what the process involves. Talking to a professional is a great way to get your questions answered and have time to think about what the best option is for you and your family.

You can always contact a professional online to learn more about the different options available to you for infertility. You deserve the chance to build your family, and our professionals can help you determine what’s best for you.

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