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Epidemiology of infertility

Infertility and related terms need to be defined, because in the literature they

are sometimes used interchangeably.

• In demography, the terms fertility and infertility refer to reproductive

performance in a purely descriptive manner. They are used whether or

not there was a live birth during a certain period of time, and do not

take into account whether or not the couple wished to conceive. The

sterility.