National Survey of Family Growth

Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth - I Listing

 

Impaired fecundity

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Percentage of all women 15-49 years of age (of all marital statuses) who have impaired fecundity (i.e., who are not surgically sterile, and for whom it is difficult or impossible to get pregnant
or carry a pregnancy to term)
                         13.1% (0.59)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of women 15-49 years of age (of all marital statuses) who have impaired fecundity (i.e., who are not surgically sterile, and for whom it is difficult or impossible to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term), by parity and age:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
0 births 1 or more births
Total 15-49 years 14.2% (1.04) 12.3% (0.83)
  15-29 years  9.4% (0.97)          11.7% (1.42)
  30-39 years    24.1% (4.54)          11.5% (0.89)
 40-49 years    33.9% (5.36)          13.3% (1.88)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of currently married women 15-49 years of age who have impaired fecundity, by parity:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Total married women 15-49 16.2% (0.59)
       Married women with 0 births  26.7% (3.19)
       Married women with 1 or more births  13.8% (1.27)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Infertility

Percentage of married women 15-49 years of age who are infertile (i.e., who are not surgically sterile, and have had at least 12 consecutive months of unprotected sexual intercourse without becoming pregnant), by parity:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Total married women 15-49 8.8% (1.09)
       Married women with 0 births    19.0% (3.16)
       Married women with 1 or more births      6.5% (1.13)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Infertility services

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Percentage of women 15-49 years of age who have ever received any infertility services 12.7% (0.93)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of women 15-49 years of age who have ever received infertility services, by type of service:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Medical help to get pregnant 9.5% (0.80)
Advice 6.7% (0.68)
Tests on woman or man 5.8% (0.60)
Ovulation drugs 4.3% (0.41)
Surgery to treatment on blocked tubes 0.8% (0.21)
Artificial insemination 2.0% (0.28)
Assisted Reproductive Technology 0.6% (0.18)
Any medical help to prevent miscarriage 5.1% (0.63)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percentage of women 15-49 years of age who have ever received any infertility service, by parity and age:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
0 births 1 or more births
Total 15-49 years 6.3% (0.73) 17.3% (1.28)
     15-29 years  2.7% (0.51)   10.3% (2.04)
     30-39 years   13.8% (3.36)   18.3% (1.79)
      40-49 years    20.5% (4.25)    19.7% (2.34)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Intendedness of pregnancy

Intendedness of births as reported by women

Percentage of births in the 5 years before the interview that were intended, mistimed, or unwanted at conception among women 15-49 years of age at time of interview:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have when she became pregnant) 63.3% (1.16)
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the mother wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 22.9% (0.68)
            Mistimed – Less than 2 years too soon   6.8% (0.48)
            Mistimed – 2 years or more too soon   15.7% (0.70)
            Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the mother did not want ever) 13.8% (0.85)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

Intendedness of births as reported by men

Percentage of births in the 5 years before the interview that were intended, mistimed, or unwanted at conception among men 15-49 years of age at time of interview:

I Listing Tables
2015-2017
Intended (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have when the partner became pregnant) 70.3% (2.32)
Mistimed (i.e., pregnancy that the father wanted to have but it occurred too soon) 18.4% (1.89)
Unwanted (i.e., pregnancy that the father did not want ever) 11.3% (1.60)

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

Page last reviewed: November 8, 2019