-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White, straight
women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than
minority, bisexual or lesbian women, a new study finds.
Researchers examined data gathered from nearly 20,000 American
women, aged 21 to 44, who took part in polls in 2002 and 2006-2010,
conducted as part of the National Survey of Family Growth
In the first poll, 13 percent of white, heterosexual women said
they sought treatment for infertility. This ranged from getting
advice from doctors to more advanced measures such as fertility
testing and drugs, surgery and artificial insemination.
In comparison, infertility treatment was sought by 7 percent of
minority heterosexual women, 7 percent of white lesbian and
bisexual women, and 1 percent racial minority lesbian and bisexual
The numbers in the second poll were 13 percent, 6 percent, 7
percent, and 7 percent, respectively, according to the study
published recently in the journal
"White, heterosexual women have apparently been the prime beneficiaries of the recent surge in medical infertility treatments," study author Bernadette Blanchfield, a doctoral student at the University of Virginia, said in a journal news release.
Lack of insurance was a major reason why minority lesbian and
bisexual women didn't seek infertility treatments, the researchers
"There have been relatively few studies addressing the sexual and reproductive health of lesbian and bisexual women, but these findings reveal that sexual minority women do face inequities in fertility care. Further research on the access to and use of reproductive health care by lesbian and bisexual women is vital to understanding health disparities in the U.S.," Blanchfield said.
The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development has more about
fertility treatments for women.
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