The Efficacy of Natural Insemination: A Comparative Standard for Aid

  • Henri Léridon


In order to measure the effectiveness of sterility therapy of whatever type, it is necessary to have a reference for comparison. Of course, if it were certain that all che couples undergoing treatment were absolutely sterile, any success obtained, even after years of effort, could be attributed to the effect of the treatment. However, this is not the case in practice. For example, women seeking help for fertility problems who receive hormone medication are most likely not sterile but merely subfertile, the aim of the treatment being to shorten the time required for conception to a more nearly normal duration. Measurement of the efficiency of the method used therefore presupposes the possibility of comparing the results obtained after treatment to values observed in a “normal” population.


Spontaneous Abortion Geometric Distribution Comparative Standard Fertile Period Average Fecundability 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henri Léridon
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  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance

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