Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 301–315

Demographic implications of reproductive technologies


  • Elizabeth Hervey Stephen
    • Georgetown University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026568113158

Cite this article as:
Stephen, E.H. Population Research and Policy Review (2000) 19: 301. doi:10.1023/A:1026568113158


Medical advances in the infertility field are coming at a rapid pace. This paper examines four areas of demography that are being affected by the delivery of infertility services in the United States, or have the potential to be affected. The greatest effects are currently seen in the rapid increase in the rate of multiple deliveries, with smaller effects evident in delayed childbearing. To date the sex ratio at birth in the United States has not been affected by reproductive technologies. The experience from Asian countries such as Korea and China indicates that massive societal change coupled with reproductive technologies could bring about changes in the sex ratio at birth in the United States. The last area examined is the intergenerational transmission of infertility which to date has not been largely affected by reproductive technologies, but has the potential to affect a larger proportion of the population.

Assisted reproductive technologiesInfertility

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