A recent bulletin of the World Health Organization states that ‘Infertility affects up to 15% of reproductive-aged couples worldwide.’
WHO demographic studies from 2004 have shown that in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 30% of women aged 25–49 suffer from secondary infertility, the failure to conceive after an initial first pregnancy.
Although male infertility has been found to be the cause of a couple’s failure to conceive in about 50% of cases, the social burden “falls disproportionately on women,” according to Dr Mahmoud Fathalla, previous director of the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction based at WHO.
“When a couple is unable to reproduce, the man may divorce his wife or take another wife if they live in a culture that permits polygamy,” he says.
Follow the link for more information on infertility in Africa from the World Health Organization