Infertility Status and Infertility Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities



Difficulties in conceiving or carrying a child to term affect 12% of the 62 million American women between ages 15–44 (Chandra, Martinez, Mosher, Abma, & Jones, 2005). Involuntary childlessness often leads to disappointment and despair, contributing to depression, marital strife and social stigma. Although infertility status, access to infertility care, and response to medical treatment are not ­distributed uniformly among women of reproductive age, few studies have examined the experiences of women of color. Evidence suggests important racial/ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and ­prevalence of infertility. Furthermore, the privatization of infertility clinical services and the high costs of these services have contributed to wide racial and socioeconomic inequalities in utilization of treatment.


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  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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