Childlessness: Percentage of women who are currently
married, have been so for at least five years, and who have no living
This study utilizes data from 47 Demographic and Health Surveys in developing countries to examine levels, trends, and differentials in women’s inability to bear children. Overall, by age 45 to 49, only 3 percent of sexually experienced women have not had a birth. Countries with more than 5 percent of sexually experienced women age 45 to 49 without a birth include the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Mozambique, Niger, Haiti, Colombia, and Brazil.
Middle and Eastern Africa have the highest average levels of secondary infecundity. These subregions are followed by Western Africa, Southern Africa, and South Asia, which have similar levels. The lowest levels of secondary infecundity are in South America.
Rutstein, Shea O. and Iqbal H. Shah. 2004. Infecundity, Infertility, and Childlessness in Developing Countries. DHS Comparative Reports No. 9. Calverton, Maryland, USA: ORC Macro and the World Health Organization. Available from: http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/CR9/CR9.pdf
Edited by Aldo Campana,