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Understanding Fertility

Apr, 2019
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In 2016 the number of women having children over 40 was higher than the number of women under 20 for the first time since World War II, demonstrating that fertility treatments have come on leaps and bounds. Nonetheless, people all over the world are still plagued with infertility issues. The Understanding Fertility special report, published in The Times, discusses why fertility education in schools is vital, as well as the pros and cons of online fertility forums. It explores why male fertility needs to become a priority, how femtech could tackle the stigma holding back fertility awareness in Africa, and how advances in both technology and society have made it easier than ever for single and same-sex parents to have a family. Also featured is comment on whether employers are responsible for supporting staff struggling with fertility issues, and an infographic examining the disparities in global birth rates

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The average number of children a woman has over her lifetime has almost halved since 1950, despite the annual number of births continuing to rise worldwide. However, there still remains a large disparity in average fertility rates in different parts of the world, ranging from just one in Cyprus to seven in Niger