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Ep 35 | Infertility Epidemic


May 14, 2021

More and more Americans seem to be struggling with infertility these days. Is this a matter of increased awareness? Certainly, more people are talking openly about their struggles than ever before. But can the numbers really be chalked up to less stigma around the conversation of infertility.

On this week’s episode, host Eloise Drane dives into what the science says about the increase in fertility issues in the United States. Studies point to an alarming decline in the average male’s sperm count and quality. More women are struggling with PCOS, fibroids, and undefined infertility. Eloise examines the issue from all angles: are environmental toxins to blame? Are these infertility issues due to people waiting until an older age to try having children? What about the economy and the overall declining birth rate? Join us for a robust discussion about the state of infertility today, and what there is to be done about it.

Topics on today’s episode include:

  • Why some scientists believe most couples will need the assistance of reproductive technology by the year 2045
  • How everyday items like grocery store receipts and food wrappers could be contributing to declining sperm rates
  • How many people actually struggle with infertility in the United States, and how it’s treated
  • Why birth rates are significantly lower so far in 2021, despite the predicted “pandemic baby boom”
  • A look toward the future of assisted reproductive technology and infertility treatments for families of all shapes and sizes


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