US Infertility Rates Drop Over Last 30 Years, While Pregnancy Complications Have Become More Common

By Chris Weller on August 14, 2013 12:29 PM EDT

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While infertility rates fell between 1982 and 2010, the percentage of complicated births rose, due in large part to women delaying conception. (Photo: Flickr, super-structure)

Contrary to popular perception that infertility rates are on the rise, the percentage of women unable to conceive after at least one year of unprotected sex has fallen in the last three decades, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The data may not be entirely optimistic, as researchers behind the report argue women are deciding to have children later in life and therefore face greater risk for pregnancy complications. Between 1982 and 2010, the rates for infertility among married women ages 15-44 dropped from 8.5 percent to six percent. That equates to roughly one million fewer cases over the 28-year period.

Read more at MedicalDaily.com.

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