Infertility & Medically Assisted Reproduction


How is infertility and use of treatment related to demographic change?

What are the consequences of medically assisted reproduction for families and their children?

The trend towards ever-later fertility is associated with growing risk of experiencing fertility problems and of seeking medical help. Medically assisted reproduction (MAR) also facilitates the realization of fertility desires for same-sex couples and single women and men – groups for whom it is difficult to have children without medical help. The number of MAR-conceived children and of MAR families is thus on the increase and so is the diversity of family forms in the global north.

Fertility and family research is only starting to take infertility and MAR into account to better understand fertility intentions, behaviours (e.g. contraceptive use) and outcomes over the life course. Yet, the patterns of change and the mechanisms behind new reproductive behaviours as well as their consequences have not been fully explored and understood, particularly in Europe.

The working group aims at …

We invite all researchers interested in infertility and medically assisted reproduction to be part of this working group. If interested in joining the working group, please send an email to

Steering committee

Jasmin Passet-Wittig

Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany

Alice Goisis

Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Social Research Institute, University College London, United Kingdom

Eva Beaujouan

University of Vienna (Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna)), Austria