August 20 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release
ASRM Comments on the Release of “Infertility and Impaired Fecundity in the United States 1982-2010: Data from the National Survey of Family Growth” from the National Center for Health Statistics
Statement attributable to Richard Reindollar, MD, President-Elect, American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
“The National Center for Health Statistics’ new report, “Infertility and Impaired Fecundity in the United States 1982-2010: Data from the National Survey of Family Growth,” presents some interesting findings. Even though the ages at which women in the United States have their children have been increasing since 1995, the percentage of the population suffering from infertility or impaired fecundity has not increased.
We find this information encouraging. Although increasing age is a risk factor for women experiencing difficulties conceiving, prompt recognition of fertility problems followed by timely and appropriate treatment do help patients become parents. We look forward to NCHS’s release of additional information on the numbers of women receiving infertility services and the types of services they receive. “