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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
ISSN: 1680-6433
EISSN: 2008-2177
Vol. 12, No. 8, 2014, pp. 561-566
Bioline Code: rm14080
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, Vol. 12, No. 8, 2014, pp. 561-566

 en A population-based study on infertility and its influencing factors in four selected provinces in Iran (2008-2010)
Dovom, Marzieh Rostami; Tehrani, Fahimeh Ramezani; Abedini, Mehrandokht; Amirshekari, Golshan; Hashemi, Somayeh & Noroozzadeh, Mahsa


Background: Infertility has a varied impact on multiple dimensions of health and functioning of women.
Objective: We aimed to identify the burden of infertility and its influencing factors based on a population based study conducted in four provinces of Iran.
Materials and Methods: A sample of 1126 women, aged 18-45 years, was selected using the multi stage, stratified probability sampling procedure; those met the eligibility criteria were invited for further comprehensive interview. This study used the definition of infertility proposed by World Health Organization “the woman has never conceived despite cohabitation and exposure to pregnancy for a period of 1 year”.
Results: The overall prevalence of lifetime infertility and current primary infertility were 21.1% (95% CI: 18.4- 23.8) and 6.4% (95% CI: 4.8-8) respectively. The probability of first pregnancy at the end of 2 years of marriage was 94% for all ever-married women. Infertility were observed as significantly higher among women age 31-35 (OR: 4.6; 95% CI: 1.9-11.5; p=0.001) and women with more than 9 years of education (OR: 2.8; 95% CI: 1.5-3.3; p<0.0001).
Conclusion: The necessities of modern living have compelled many women to postpone childbearing to their late reproductive years; however they must be informed of being at risk of infertility with ageing.

Infertility; Prevalence; Female; Sterility; Population based study

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