Married U.S. Women Slightly More Fertile

ATLANTA (August 14, 2013)--Despite a boom in fertility treatments, a new government study shows the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving has actually dropped slightly.

About 6 percent of married women fail to get pregnant after at least a year of sex without contraception, which is down from less than 9 percent some three decades ago.

Paradoxically, the use of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, has doubled in the last decade, but that increase is driven by larger numbers of women who are trying to have children in their 30s and 40s, when fertility declines.

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was released Wednesday.

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