A staggering 1 in 6 Americans of childbearing age are infertile according to a shocking World Health Organization report.
The revelation also confirms that much of the Western World struggles with plummeting fertility rates as birth rates fall woefully below the level of replacement.
The WHO report underscored ‘sheer proportion’ of those affected highlighted the need to make fertility treatments more widely available.
The report defined infertility as failure to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected sex.
Although the West’s infertility rates caused concern, areas of the Pacific registered higher infertility rates with 23.2% lifetime infertility rates.
The Middle East and Eastern Mediterrean zone was found to have had almost half the level of infertility as the West, while Subsaharan Africa’s infertility rates clocked in at around two-thirds of the Americas.
The Daily Mail reported:
“While the WHO estimates one in six adults globally will be affected by infertility in their life time there are regional variations. The Easter Mediterranean recorded the lowest infertility rare of just 10.7 per cent, followed by Africa with 13.1 per cent and then Europe with 16.5 per cent. The Western pacific region recorded the highest rate of 23.2 per cent, followed by the Americas with 20 per cent. No figure was available for the South East Asia region due to lack of quality studies in that area.”
There is much conjecture surrounding the causes of high infertility rates, including obesity.
Obesity levels in the Americas are skyrocketing, with only the Pacific Nations trumping American obesity rates.
On the report, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed the scale of the global infertility problem with a view to address what could be done.