According to Canadian statistics, infertility is on the increase, rising from 5% in 1984 to 12-16% at the present time. 17,500 infertile women used the Quebec MAP programme between August 2010 and 31 March 2014, with a rather high failure rate.
The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society announced that the number of live births per IVF cycle barely amounts to 33% in women aged 34 and younger, and is even lower in the 35 plus category, namely 24%. For Patricia Monnier, clinician and researcher at the McGill Reproduction Centre, “approximately two-thirds of couples could have a child using medically assisted conception, but one third remains on the sidelines, having gone through a procedure tantamount to an obstacle course”.
For Audrey L’Espérance, post-doctorate researcher at Toronto University, “amongst the population, there is an almost magical perception in that people think you go to the clinic and come out with a beautiful healthy baby” when in reality it’s a “painful struggle” in view of the fertility treatments and the associated heavy emotional, physical and psychological burden.