According to the CDC:

  • Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to have children): 7.3 million
  • Percent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8%
  • Number of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant for at least 12 consecutive months): 2.1 million
  • Percent of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile: 7.4%
  • Number of women ages 15-44 who have ever used infertility services: 7.3 million

Source: Fertility, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health of U.S. Women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, tables 67, 69, 97 Adobe PDF file [PDF – 4.6 MB]

According to Medline Plus:

“As many as 1 in 5 couples diagnosed with infertility eventually become pregnant without treatment.

More than half of couples with infertility become pregnant after treatment, not including advanced techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).”



To summarize: If you’re reading this chances are you are a part of the 11.8% that have been diagnosed (or you know someone who is),  essentially of that 11.8%, 20% (or 1 in 5) will eventually become pregnant without any treatment.  Of the group that is left, half of those will become pregnant with treatments like medications (not including advance technologies like IVF).  That leaves two small groups one that benefits from IVF and one that never becomes pregnant.  Remember that age also is a huge factor in these statistics.  Many websites will break it down by age.

I think these are encouraging numbers if you are just starting out.  If you are a 28-year-old woman and have already clicked through this list and have done several unsuccessful IVF cycles it is harder to take. 

Statistics in our journey have been for us and against us with unexpected outcomes both favorably and unfavorably.  But many times statistics can serve as a beacon of hope.