For the first time since 2015, fertility rates in England and Wales are on the rise. According to the Office of National Statistics, a total of 624,936 live births occurred in 2021, showing an increase of 1.8% from the year prior.
Up until now, fertility rates have seen a gradual decrease, causing concern amongst experts and patients alike. However, it isn’t all good news as statistics also show fertility rates are dropping in younger women.
Figures from the NHS show 1 in 7 couples have trouble conceiving. Here, we look at the changes in fertility and the options patients have if they are struggling to conceive.
What do the latest fertility rates figures mean?
The latest fertility figures show that total fertility rate has increased from 1.58 in 2020, to 1.61 in 2021. Notably, it is the first increase in fertility for almost a decade.
Fertility rates were at an all-time high in 1964, with the total fertility rate measuring 2.93. Since then, there has been a steady decline. Interestingly, fertility rates have started to improve in older women. It is younger women who are now showing a decline in fertility.
The biggest increase was seen in women aged 35-39, while the biggest drop was seen in women under the age of 20. There were also some geographical differences, with women in the east of England recording the highest number of live births.
What causes fertility issues in couples?
While the fertility rate may be starting to increase, there are still millions of couples who are struggling to conceive. There are a lot of potential causes of fertility issues for couples, such as:
- Lifestyle factors
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Medical conditions
- Poor sperm count and mobility
These are just a handful of causes of infertility. Couples who are struggling to conceive will therefore need to undergo a health check to determine the root cause of the problem.
Options for those struggling to conceive
If you and your partner have been trying for a baby for over a year, it could be a sign something is wrong. However, the good news is there are lots of potential treatment options available to help.
The first thing you should do is book a fertility health check. At SureScan, we provide these checks to single women and couples who are worried about their fertility. It looks for any potential problems such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, emotional issues, and issues with male fertility.
Once the cause of the problem has been identified, you will then be presented with a recommended treatment plan to help make your dreams of having a family a reality. To ease your mind and get the help you need to conceive, book a fertility health check with SureScan today.