Infertility in North America

Infertility continues to affect millions of North Americans each year. This challenging experience can be emotionally painful and have negative effects on our relationships. The added stress we tend to put on ourselves to conceive with each passing month only compounds the issue. The sad news is, you’re not alone. The good news is, Forta Fertility is here to help you and those you love achieve your ultimate goal. To conceive.

The numbers

  • Infertility is clinically defined as as the failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 consecutive months of regular unprotected intercourse.
  • Approximately 15% of couples in North America are involuntarily infertile with this number expected to grow by 4% over the next several years.
  • 18% of instances are attributed to a couple rather than an individual. In 12% of those cases, no physical or physiological reason could be detected.

    The key drivers of infertility in North America can be attributed to the following areas:

    Female infertility issues can often be linked back to age, weight, ovulation disorders and tubal factors. Male infertility issues often include genetics, hormonal imbalance, sperm DNA damage, weight factors and other unspecified reasons.

    1. Aging
    The percentage of first births among women aged 30 years or older has increased from 5% in 1975 to 26% in 2010.

    2. Cultural Shifts
    Financial feasibility, greater emphasis on career, and the delays in marriage have had significant contributions on pregnancy happening much later in life.

    Average age of marriage for men and women by year

    Point in Time




    27 years of age

    29 years of age


    23 years of age

    26 years of age


    20 years of age

    22 years of age

    3. Increasing Rate of Obesity
    Obesity rates have doubled over the past 35 years, reaching as much as 35% of the adult population in 2012. Obesity is a known risk factor in women for ovulation infertility, as obese women are three times more likely to suffer from infertility than women with a normal body mass index. Obesity in men alters fertility due to imbalances in hormone regulation, tied to lower sperm production and other factors resulting in decreased sexual function and desire.

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