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May 2022
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A potential crisis in human fertility is brewing. As societies become more affluent, they experience changes that have a dramatic impact on reproduction. As average family sizes fall, the selection pressure for high-fertility genes decreases; exacerbated by the IVF industry which allows infertility-linked genes to pass into the next generation. Male fertility rates are low, for many reasons including genetics and exposure to environmental toxins. So, a perfect storm of factors is contriving to drive fertility rates down at unprecedented rates. If we do not recognize the reality of our situation and react accordingly, an uncontrollable decline in population numbers is likely, which we'll be unable to reverse. This book will address, in a unique and multi-faceted way, how the consequences of modern life affects fertility, so that we can consider behavioural, social, medical and environmental changes which could reduce the severity of what is about to come.


Winner, 2023 PROSE Clinical Medicine Award, Association of American Publishers


‘A thoughtful and forward-looking, expertly written analysis of human fertility projected into the future. This book not only analyses medical or environmental reasons and causes of human infertility but also educational, demographic and economic developments, and puts them into perspective. With this, the book points out the consequences of declining human fertility as well as possible solutions. A must read, not only for fertility specialists.’

Ralf R. Henkel - LogixX Pharma Ltd., Theale, Berkshire, UK and Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Imperial College London, London, UK

‘In The Infertility Trap, Professor John Aitken presents a unique view on the future of our species survival if we do not reconsider the ways we are conducting reproductive medicine. This book is a wake-up call to seek novel and safe alternatives for male contraception to help family planning.’

Cristian O’Flaherty - Professor in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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