Estimating infertility prevalence in low-to-middle-income countries: an application of a current duration approach to Demographic and Health Survey data

by Chelsea B. Polis, Carie M. Cox, Özge Tunçalp et al.
Human Reproduction, pp. 1–11, 2017 – Published: 15 February 2017

11 pp. 290 kB

Nationally representative estimates of time-to-pregnancy (TTP) and infertility based on a clinical definition of 12 months have been limited within developing countries. The described approach represents a pragmatic advance in our ability to measure and monitor infertility in the developing world, with potentially far-reaching implications for policies and programs intended to address reproductive health. The analysis suggests that a current duration (CD) approach applied to Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data from Nigeria provides infertility prevalence estimates comparable to other smaller studies in the same region.

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