A third of U.S. adults say they have used fertility treatments or know someone who has

Source: Pew Research Center

Triplets Rosalie, Regan and Rocco Mullane, now age 3, were among the many in vitro fertilization children taking part in the Boston IVF Baby Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Oct. 21. That state had the highest share of births involving assisted reproductive technology in 2015, at 4.5%. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Four decades after the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby” conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF), 33% of American adults report that they or someone they know has used some type of fertility treatment in order to try to have a baby, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

About half of college educated adults say they have undergone fertility treatment or know someone who hasThe share of people who say they have undergone a fertility treatment or know someone who has varies markedly by education and income. About four-in-ten (43%) of those with a bachelor’s degree have had some exposure to fertility treatment – either through their own experience or that of someone they know – and the share rises to 56% among those with a postgraduate degree. About half (48%) of people with family incomes of $75,000 or more also have been exposed to fertility treatment. (The survey did not specify what type of treatment.)

Whites are more likely than blacks or Hispanics to report that they have undergone a fertility treatment or know someone who has (37% vs. 22% and 26%, respectively), and women are more likely than men to say the same (36% vs. 30%).

 

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