Global Fertility Rates Plummet

A new study recently published in The Lancet has found that global fertility rates have fallen dramatically over the past 70 years. 

But, in a not-so-strange twist, the world's population is still rising.

Since 1950, the worldwide fertility rate has fallen from an average of 4.7 children per woman in her lifetime, to 2.4 children per woman in 2017. During that period, the global population grew from 2.6 billion to 7.6 billion.

As seen in the chart below, the birthrate has plummeted mostly in developed countries; whereas the birthrate in developing countries have maintained their respective birthrates.


The explanations for the discrepancy between countries are many. Environment factors, stress, employment, women waiting later in life to start a family, cultural factors, and other factors contribute.

Those seeking to have a baby should consider the factors that may influence their ability to conceive. Because of the declining fertility rate, a strong support system, including from health care professionals, is essential.

Our acupuncture and TCM treatments help treat an array of fertility and non-fertility related matters.

Jonah Arnold