While life expectancy is generally increasing the relatively short period of our lives, where we can have children, has not changed. Our biology is the same as previously, but culturally we have prolonged our adolescence and the thought of having children feels distant. The consequence is that many people relatively late in life will realize that they will remain childless or have fewer children than they dreamed of. To suffer from reproductive disorders and involuntary childlessness causes extensive grief for many people and may affect them for the rest of their lives.
Involuntary childlessness is today by far the most common chronic disease among 20-45-year-olds in the Nordic countries. More and more people are affected by infertility due to illnesses related to age, lifestyle, and environmental impact among others. Between 16 and 25% of all people who want children will experience reproductive problems. And the problem will be not decrease in the years to come. In addition to the societal problems that lower birth rates result in, such as future demographic challenges, involuntary childlessness also has serious consequences for the individual. Today, about one in five men will never become a father and one in ten women will either not have children or have fewer children than she wants.
We as society are demographically challenged. In the Nordic region, women only get about 1.7 children on average and we need to get 2.1 children per woman, in order to reproduce ourselves as a population. Surveys show significant knowledge gaps about our own biology and reproduction. About 80-90% of the population has little or incorrect knowledge of the connection between, for example, the woman’s age and fertility and hence about the consequences of postponing the decision to have children. Many young people therefore make big and important personal decisions without sufficient knowledge.
Women’s fertility peaks in the early 20s but then decreases with increasing age. Fertility is expressed as the chance of becoming pregnant by unprotected intercourse per cycle. It falls from approx. 34% in young women to less than 0.5% for women over 40 (Danish Fertility Society).
With ReproUnion, it is our goal to overcome infertility by further pursuing our revolutionary research regarding better understanding of underlying causes of infertility as well as developing the techniques for assisted reproduction – always by ensuring the highest professional quality in our results. And at the same time work persistently with prevention, in order to increase the knowledge and awareness of infertility so that everybody can make informed choices in their lives – and get the family they dream of.