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World map with a blue arrow indicating a market increase

Sometimes when I'm bored, I find myself Googling things like "value of global fertility services market 2019." 

The estimates that come back are pretty big, in the $20 to $25 billion annual range. 

To put that into context, that's more than the GDP of about a third of the world's countries. It's about half of the estimated value of the entire global vaccine market. Or, to put it into a different context, it's about the amount of money Canada loses each year to corporate tax cheats who hide their money offshore. 

What's perhaps more interesting is that the sector is expected to grow quite handsomely over the next while. There is some consensus that it will increase by 8 to 10 per cent per year and be worth over $40 billion by 2026. 

It is interesting to remind ourselves that, as well as the patients who need the help, the third parties and clinicians and others who provide it, the people who are born as a result, and the lawmakers who try to regulate it, there is another group... see more