The National Infertility Association, defines infertility as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 1 year. If over the age of 35, the time of trying to conceive is reduced to 6 months. Over 7 million women of child bearing age suffer from infertility issues, as reported by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
For those struggling with infertility – the thought of having or expanding their family seems like a dream that may never be realized. Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) wants men and women to share their stories, truths and fears with others – so that thousands of couples throughout the country will know that they are not alone. Yes, AFTH is an adoption agency, but we represent so much more. Our staff and social workers are advocates – for building families, women’s issues, and reproductive health. When the time is right, we are available for couples who are considering the adoption journey.
There needs to be a more thoughtful conversation about what it means to be infertile – and compassion for those who are struggling to conceive.
Facts & Statistics
- 1 in 8 couples in America struggle to conceive
- 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in a loss
- Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained
- A couple within the ages of 29-33 only have a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month
- Over 40% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth
- Fifteen states have either an insurance mandate to offer or an insurance mandate to cover some level of infertility treatment
- About one-third of couples in which the woman is older than 35 years have fertility problems (www.cdc.gov)
- Nearly 9% of men aged 25 to 44 years in the U.S. reported that they or their partner received testing, or treatment for infertility during their lifetime (www.cdc.gov)