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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Contrary to Popular Belief, Black Women Are More Likely to Experience Infertility

About 7 million women in the U.S. experience infertility, the inability to conceive a child. What many people don't know is that this problem affects more Black women than white women. According to the Georgia Reproductive Specialists, the percentage of infertile Black women is 11.5 percent, compared to 7 percent among white women.

Why more black women are infertile

One of the reasons why more Black women have problems with infertility is that they have a much higher percent of uterine fibroids than white women. In fact, about 80 percent of Black women develop this problem at some time during their reproductive years. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous or benign tumors of the uterus. In some cases, the uterine fibroids are serious enough to prevent pregnancy, cause problems during pregnancy or result in a hysterectomy. In addition, Black women develop uterine fibroids at a younger age than white women.

Less likely to seek treatment

Further, Black women who have uterine fibroids are less likely to seek medical help for their condition. The result can often lead to higher incidents of infertility due to uterine fibroids or other tube diseases.

Treatment can help

The truth is that treatment is available and can often be effective in preventing infertility caused by uterine fibroids or other diseases of the female reproductive system. Treatments include medications, hormone therapy, surgery and other methods. Short of a hysterectomy, which removes the uterus and makes conception impossible, many of today's methods can be effective and make it possible for any women to conceive.
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