Sexual and reproductive health

Infecundity, infertility, and childlessness in developing countries. Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Comparative reports No. 9

ORC Macro and the World Health Organization

cover of text for DHS report

Publication details

Number of pages: 74
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English



This study utilizes data from 47 Demographic and Health Surveys in developing countries to examine levels, trends, and differentials in women’s inability to bear children. Five principal measures were used in the analysis on infertility: childlessness, primary and secondary infertility, self-reported infecundity, and indications of secondary infecundity. In addition, levels of sexual experience, pregnancy, and live births were measured. The study also examined some of the consequences and coping mechanisms of couples affected by infertility.