Sexual and reproductive health

National, regional, and global trends in infertility: a systematic analysis of 277 health surveys

Research article

Maya N. Mascarenhas, Seth R. Flaxman, Ties Boerma, Sheryl Vanderpoel, Gretchen A. Stevens

Publication details

Number of pages: 12 pages
Publication date: Dec. 2012 PLoS Med 9(12): e1001356.
Languages: English


Global, regional, and national estimates of prevalence of and tends in infertility are needed to target prevention and treatment efforts. By applying a consistent algorithm to demographic and reproductive surveys available from developed and developing countries, we estimate infertility prevalence and trends, 1990 to 2010, by country and region.