Canada is becoming more infertile

Fertility research from Statistics Canada have recently published new data on an alarming infertility trend in Canada.  The results, published in Human Reproduction, report that 16% of couples where the woman is age 18 to 44 are experiencing infertility.

This rate has doubled from the previous national infertility measurement in 1992.

Even though older women had a higher prevalence of infertility, the rates are also increasing for women under the age of 30.

In 1984, the infertility rates was about 5% in couples with a female partner age 18 to 29;  the rate has increased up to almost 14% in the same group in 2010.

The study utilized data collected from data samples from 4,412 couples participating in the 2009-2010 Canadian Community Health Survey.

Researchers examined whether couples had reported becoming pregnant or not in the past 12 months, were not using any form of birth control within the past 12 months while having sexual intercourse, and had tried to become pregnant with their current partner.

This study confirms popular opinion that infertility rates are on the rise in Canada and may aid in patient education.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada promotes educating the public that fertility decreases with increasing age.

This study may help support the society’s initiative to educate people that fertility treatments aren’t always a viable alternative to natural conception.  In fact, therapy failure rates can reach up to 90% in women over the age of 40.

Check out the original article for more information on potential causes of infertility.