Infertility By The Numbers

June 18, 2018

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Infertility in Women

If you have been trying for baby and either cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year, you may be struggling with infertility. If you are a woman over age 35, you should talk to your health care provider after six months of trying.

The average, healthy woman is born with about 2 million egg follicles. By puberty, though, only about 450 remain to release mature eggs for fertilization.*

1 in 5 adult women are infertile, according to a 2015 report on Fertility & Sterility.*

The average ovum is 120 micrometers (that’s the egg!) – the largest cell in the human body*

Women are not able to naturally get pregnant after menopause

Everything You Need to Know About Sperm

A healthy adult male can release anywhere between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. Of these, only one (sometimes two) sperm wins the race to fertilize the egg.*

The average sperm per millimeter should fall somewhere between 40-300 million. Anything less than 20 million would indicate a higher chance of infertility.*

Sperm can live for up to 5 days inside a woman’s body.*

As men get older, sperm quality does deteriorate but it’s generally not a problem until a man reaches his 60s*

The average size of a normal sperm cell is 5-6 micrometers (the tail adds another 1-3mm)., the smallest cell in the human body**

The sperm regeneration cycle takes about 2 months*


The UNICEF estimates that an average of 353,000 babies are born each day around the world.*

There are an estimated number of 5 million IVF babies to date worldwide*

900,000 people in the United States are born through IVF cycles. That one in every 359 people!*