Facts About Fertility

October 1, 2014
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  • 1 in 7 couples will struggle to conceive.
  • $4–$5 billion of the annual U.S. budget is spent on infertility treatments.
  • One round of IVF in the United States costs approximately $12,000. A round of IVF in Israel costs approximately $2,700.
  • In the U.S., 20-30 percent of infertility costs are paid for by insurance. The State of Israel covers the full cost of fertility for all citizens — Jewish or not.
  • 6 percent of men will have too low a sperm count for conception.
  • 1 percent of men will have no sperm in their ejaculate.
  • 30 percent of infertility issues are due to some factor attributed to the male.
  • 15 percent of American women have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), wherein women do not ovulate regularly, if at all; this inhibits conception.
  • Smoking is the most common treatable cause of recurrent miscarriages.
  • Between 1995 and 2012, 84,710 babies were born in Israel through IVF.
  • In 2012, 7,565 babies were born through IVF in Israel — 4.4 percent of all live babies born in Israel that year.
  • There are no limits on the number of fertility treatments that insurance will pay for in Israel for women under age 45.
  • In 1975, 75 percent of American women had their first child by age 30.
  • In 2005, 25 percent of American women had their first child by age 30.

— Much of this information was provided by Dr. Elan Simckes, founder and medical director of the Fertility Partnership (Fertilitypartnership.com).

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