WHO: One in six people worldwide has at least some infertility
“The sheer number of people affected shows that access to fertility treatments needs to be expanded and that health research and policy must no longer sideline this issue so that safe, effective and affordable avenues to parenthood are available to all who wish standing,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
According to the WHO definition, doctors speak of infertility if no pregnancy occurs even after regular, unprotected sexual intercourse over a longer period of time – a year or more.
This can lead to significant anguish and stigma and can damage people’s mental health. Nevertheless, it is unaffordable for many people to undergo artificial insemination. Such services are often simply not offered in the vicinity. The treatments are expensive and in most countries have to be paid for out of pocket. WHO advocates for more help to be made available to infertile people everywhere at affordable costs.
For this report, the WHO selected and evaluated 133 from more than 12,000 studies worldwide between 1990 and 2021.
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