"Statistics of infertility in Russia: Misconceptions and Facts"

The results of the study "Statistics of infertility in Russia: Misconceptions and Facts," conducted by the Charity Foundation "Formula of Birth" were published at te web – site "St. Petersburg Morning" .

Waiting for a miracle

Experts say that there are two main causes of infertility: a medical and a social one. Among the numerous reasons there are: infections, sexually transmitted diseases, inflammatory diseases of the reproductive system, adverse effects of the environment, pernicious habits, drugs, poor diet and stress.


The methods are various: surgical treatment, alternative medicine, immune, hormone, antibiotic therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, etc. Infertility is a currently pressing problem: according to the statistics, 30% of couples in the absence of contraception manage to conceive in the first three months after the onset of sexual activity, 60% - in the next seven, the remaining 10% - in 11-12 months. All these factors concern healthy people.

Charity Foundation "Formula of Birth" presented the results of the study "Infertility statistics in Russia: Misconceptions and Facts", according to which the country is home to about three million infertile people of reproductive age, which is 2% of the total population.

According to a study, conducted by the Charity Foundation "Formula of Birth", an average duration of infertility treatment is almost 7 years, with an average duration of treatment with IVF - 2.5 years.

" Vladislav Korsak, president of the Russian Association of Human Reproduction, the head of the International Centre for Reproductive Medicine, says, that from 10 to 25% of couples are infertile, according to various estimates. "

According to the expert, modern assisted reproductive technologies (ART) on the basis of in vitro fertilization are able to overcome almost any type of infertility. 5 million children  were born during a 34 - year - existence of ART in the world. It is known, that on average about one thousand procedures per million of population are carried out in Europe, 1700 in Finland, 2000 in Denmark, 300 in Russia. Our country does not meet the demand for these types of care. In Denmark, nearly 5% of children are born with the help of in vitro fertilization, in the U.S. - 1%, in Russia this rate is even lower than one percent.