In the United States, 7.3 million people are affected by infertility, in which a couple cannot conceive, according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
There are two categories of infertility. They are primary infertility and secondary infertility.
With primary infertility, pregnancy has not occurred after at least a year of intercourse. With secondary infertility, couples have been able to get pregnant at least once, but have not been able to get pregnant again.
This year at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting (ASRM), the results of the In the Know: Fertility IQ 2012 survey were presented. The survey, which included more than 400 health care providers, found significant difference between what health care providers are reporting and what patients are reporting.
For example, OB/GYNs surveyed thought that one in two patients who were having trouble conceiving were very likely to seek fertility treatment.
However, when patients were surveyed, only one in five reported being very likely to seek fertility treatment.
Barbara Collura, the President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, talked to EmpowHER about the results of the In the Know: Fertility IQ 2012 survey and what women need to know about infertility.
What were the most surprising findings from the In the Know: Fertility IQ 2012 survey?
In the 2011 survey, I was really surprised to find that while women plan to have children on average seven years later than their mothers AND recognize that age is an important factor for infertility, three out of four patients surveyed weren’t concerned about being able to conceive.
This year, when we spoke with health care providers (HCPs), we found additional incongruencies between perception and reality when it comes to fertility.
While HCPs estimated that one in three patients would be very concerned about being able to get pregnant, only 1 in 20 patients were very concerned about trying to conceive.