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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 9, 2013

US Infertility Rate Drops, But Problems Getting Pregnant Persist

JAMA. 2013;310(14):1439. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278205

Improved medical technology has contributed to declining infertility rates among US women since the mid-1960s. However, the decades-long trend toward having children later in life means millions of women still have difficulties getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy through to a live birth.

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that during 2006 to 2010, the percentage of married women aged 15 to 44 years who were infertile decreased to 6% from 8.5% in 1982 and 11.2% in 1965. In married women the same age, the percentage with problems conceiving or delivering a live infant increased from 11% in 1982 to 15% in 2002 but decreased to 12% in 2006 to 2010.