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May 8, 1987

Tubal Infertility: An Ounce of (More Specific) Prevention

Author Affiliations

Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

JAMA. 1987;257(18):2480. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390180098032

Infertility affects a relatively large number of married American couples of reproductive age.1,2 In 1982, more than one in eight couples had failed to conceive after at least one year of marriage during which no contraceptives were used. That same year, nearly one in five American women between the ages of 15 and 44 years stated that they had sought professional consultation during their lifetime to increase their chances of having a baby.3 Thus, by 1984, an estimated 10 million women of reproductive age had consulted physicians sometime in their lives about their infertility, approximately 1.7 million in that year alone.4