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Study Suggests Disparities in Infertility Treatment

Study Suggests Disparities in Infertility Treatment

August 22, 2014 — White, heterosexual women are more likely to seek infertility treatment than women who are racial minorities, bisexual or lesbian, a recent study in Health Psychology found, according to HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report.

A main reason for the disparity is that the groups that are less likely to seek infertility treatment are also more likely to lack insurance, according to the researchers.

Study Details

For the study, researchers analyzed National Survey of Family Growth data collected in 2002 and between 2006 and 2010. The data covered responses from almost 20,000 U.S. women ages 21 through 44.

The study included infertility-related services ranging from seeking a physician's advice to obtaining tests, drugs, surgery or artificial insemination.

Study co-author Bernadette Blanchfield said the "findings reveal that sexual minority women do face inequities in fertility care." For example, in the 2002 data, 13% of white, heterosexual women sought treatment, compared with 7% of minority, heterosexual women; 7% of white lesbian and bisexual women; and 1% of minority lesbian and bisexual women.

Blanchfield added that more "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." (Preidt, HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report, 8/20).