Is infertility becoming more frequent?

There is an ever increasing percentage of women who never had a child. Among the women born in 1948, 13% did not have a child when they were at the age of 35 years old. This percentage had almost doubled in women born 10 years later.

In addition, the incidence of infertility as a medical problem that seems to come to the attention of physicians has increased and there are several reasons for this.

First of all, there is a change in people concerning family planning, a fact characteristic of modern world countries. Therefore, many women bear their first child after the age of 30.

Also, there is a decline in male fertility and environmental pollution seems to be the reason for this.

Finally, people’s expectations concerning infertility treatment are increasing in a steady pace, resulting in the fact that for some couples the possibility of not succeeding and not bearing a child is almost impossible and completely out of the question.
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No; less women have kids because of the culture we live in. Some never want kids where in the olden days all wanted them.

Has nothing to do with medical reasons or the environment.

We also live in a very pretentious society. it's the "in" thing for people to go to fertility clinics. It's huge business. We live in a I want it now society and sometimes having a child takes time and happens when you dont expect it.

I think you are way off base.
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