It’s a constant struggle when a couple endures infertility problems. This is especially true when they see other couples with babies and start to wonder why this isn’t possible for them. However, this is a normal reaction and there are actually hundreds of thousands of others around the world going through the same issue.
Overall there are about 7.3 million women in the United States who have trouble having children. Keep in mind these women are in between the ages of 15 and 44, and most of them don’t even realize they have a problem until they’re ready to start a family. When you reach this obstacle, most couples begin to turn their focus to fertility treatments.
Even couples who look at others with children forget that the family they see in front of them could have gone through the same issues. Reaching back to 2002, 11.9% of women between the ages of 15-44 had infertility services. Another 6.1% had professional advice, and 5.5% received medical help to prevent a miscarriage. It’s also noted that 4.8% have undergone some sort of fertility testing.
When it came to ovulation drugs, 3.8% of women received them. However, only 1.1% utilized successful artificial insemination. One important and often overlooked area is impaired fecundity. This means that even though the woman could have problems becoming pregnant, she could also have issues carrying a baby to full term.
We all know that as women get older, the ability to keep a healthy supply of eggs diminishes. Just look at women between the ages of 35 and 39 who are childless: 15.2% have had some sort of infertility service. In between 30 and 34, the percentage rises to 17.9%, while for ages 15-29 the percentage drops down to 2.9%.
Those who are married and childless become infertile by specific ages. Around 27.4% become infertile in between 40 and 44 years of age. 22.6% become infertile in between 35 and 39, while the number drops to 16.9% between the ages of 30 and 34. Out of those who are younger than 30, 11% are infertile. However, just because these are factual statistics, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a child.
In-vitro fertilization (known as IVF) offers an effective fertility treatment for those in their thirties and above. In fact, the percentage of live births was 38%. Keep in mind as we age the number decreases, and by the time women reached 39, the percentage dropped to 22%. Once a woman is over 43 years. of age the percentage goes down to below 10% live births.
A solution with seemingly good results is using donor eggs. The good news is that women who used donated eggs from women younger than themselves, had a 45% success rate. This is a much better percentage than even women in their thirties, with their own eggs. While more difficult, it is still possible for a woman in her forties to have a newborn child.