National Infertility Awareness Week - Infertility By The Numbers


Even the investors at Forbes are taking time to learn more about infertility this week!

The experts are resolving to "do the math" with some updated numbers via the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:

Their latest report from 2012 shows that 61,740 babies were born from IVF procedures. With the CDC reporting approximately 4 million births per year, that breaks down to between 1-2% of all births.

Here's where it gets a little complicated - we'll let Forbes take it from here:

ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide. Dividing the 61,740 US babies in 2012 by the estimated 350,000 IVF babies born worldwide per year (International popup: yes Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies estimate) and applying the resulting 18% to the 5 million figure, there are roughly 900,000 people in the United States who were born from IVF cycles.

Dividing 900,000 by the US Census Bureau 2013 population estimate tells us that approximately one in 348 of us is an IVF person.

This means that:

100 people in the crowd at Fenway Park last night were conceived using IVF.

Every obstetrician in the United States delivered on average three IVF babies last year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics obstetrician numbers)

If we assume that half of the visitors to Times Square each year are US residents, then on any given day there are 305 US tourists conceived by IVF bumping into each other on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets.
And that is your IVF math lesson for the day!