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1 in 6 people around the world experience infertility issues, WHO says
April 3, 2023 | RESOLVE in the News
Published by Axios. Read the full article.
Approximately one in six people experience infertility at some stage in their lives, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.
Why it matters: Despite the large number of people who are unable to have children, access to fertility treatments remains scarce due to “high costs, social stigma and limited availability,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom in the report.
- Pascale Allotey, WHO’s director of sexual and reproductive health research, said in a press conference that the new numbers “highlight the need for infertility to be raised as a priority for universal health coverage.”
- This is the first time in a decade that WHO releases a report on the prevalence of infertility, which it defined as “the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”
Details: WHO examined data from 1990 to 2021, finding that roughly one in six people globally — 17.5% — have been unable to have a child at some point in their lives.