Fecundity vs. Fertility: Definition & Overview

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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

In this lesson, we will learn about fecundity and fertility and how they are different. Learn more about fecundity and fertility from examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz. Updated: 08/26/2020


John and Suzie are a married couple living in Washington, DC. John is an established attorney, while Suzie has just joined a medical practice as a pediatrician. John and Suzie have two children. Though they would like to have more, they have both decided that it's in the best interest of the family to not have any additional children. John is trying to make partner at his law firm, and Suzie is still trying to establish her clientele at her medical practice. They are also both over 35, and any additional pregnancies would be considered high risk.

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Fertility refers to the natural capacity to produce offspring. Fertility as a measure, known as the fertility rate, refers to the amount of children that an average woman gives birth to during her childbearing years. Europe has the lowest fertility rate in the world, with about 1.6 births per woman, while Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world, with nearly 7 births per woman. In the United States, the fertility rate is approximately 1.8 births per woman as of 2018.

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