Don’t ignore the data

  • Mullerian anomalies occur in approximately 2 – 3% of all fertile women; 3% in infertile women.  (Seattle Reproductive Medicine)
  • Unicornuate uterus anomaly seems to occur in 1 of every 4,000 women.  (Wikipedia; yes, I know – I hope this doesn’t discredit me)
  • The term pregnancy rate is 47% in women with unicornuate uterus.  (
  • The total fertility rate for women in the US is 2.01 children per woman.  (Wikipedia)
  • Male factor infertility can be a primary source of up to 35% of infertility cases.  (
  • Up to 50% of cases of infertility respond to treatment (and result in successful pregnancies).  (
  • Women who have taken fertility medications (such as clomiphene citrate/clomid) have a 3-4% risk of developing ovarian cancer, compared to a 1-2% risk in women who had never taken the medication.  By comparison, the average woman’s chance of developing breast cancer is 12%.  (Georgia Reproductive Specialists)
  • Women who took clomiphene citrate for more than 12 cycles had the highest increase in lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer; women who achieved pregnancy while taking the hormones did not have as high of an increased risk. (Georgia Reproductive Specialists)
  • There are about 600 reproductive endocrinologists in the US.  (
  • The first IVF baby was born on July 25, 1978 in the UK.
  • Since 1978, over 45,000 babies have been born in the US with the assistance of IVF; over 70,000 total have been born with some form of assisted reproductive technology.  (Discovery Health)
  • About 2% of the child population in the US are adopted.  (ChildTrendsDataBank)
  • About 3% of American families include adopted children.
  • Adopted children are more likely to be read to every day, told stories to, eat a meal with the family at least six times a week, and participate in organized activities.  (ChildTrendsDataBank)
  • Infertility is a factor in 39% of families choosing to adopt a child from foster care.  (US Dept Health & Human Services)

To learn more about infertility, please visit the Infertility 101 page at

Click here to learn about National Infertility Awareness Week.


One thought on “Don’t ignore the data

  1. Interesting facts. Good to know about the Clomid. I wonder about the other drugs (i.e. Follistim, Lupron) and their link to various cancers. I’m often concerned for my patients, especially the ones that go through so many IUI/IVF cycles.


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