1 in 6 People Globally Affected by Infertility: WHO


The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report revealing that approximately 17.5% of the global adult population, or 1 in 6 people, experiences infertility. This pressing issue highlights the urgent need for accessible, affordable, and high-quality fertility care across all income levels.

Infertility: A Global Health Challenge:

The prevalence of infertility remains similar across high-, middle-, and low-income countries, making it a significant health challenge worldwide. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General at WHO, emphasizes that infertility does not discriminate and affects a considerable proportion of people from all backgrounds.

The Impact of Infertility:

Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system, and it can lead to significant distress, stigma, financial hardship, and impact on mental and psychosocial well-being. Despite the widespread issue, solutions for infertility prevention, diagnosis, and treatment remain underfunded and inaccessible due to high costs, social stigma, and limited availability.

Financial Burdens and Medical Poverty Traps:

Fertility treatments are mostly funded out of pocket, resulting in substantial financial burdens and creating an equity issue and medical poverty trap for those affected. People in the poorest countries often spend a larger proportion of their income on fertility care compared to those in wealthier countries.

Data Collection and Future Actions:

The report highlights a lack of data on infertility in many countries and regions, calling for greater availability of national data disaggregated by age and cause. Improved data collection and understanding of infertility can help quantify the issue, identify those in need of fertility care, and determine effective ways to reduce risks and provide appropriate support.


As the WHO report demonstrates the extensive reach of infertility, it is vital to recognize the importance of accessible, affordable, and high-quality fertility care for all. By addressing the financial, social, and health-related challenges, we can work together to ensure that individuals and families affected by infertility have the support they need.

Source: [WHO Report](

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