The Issue of Infertility in Black Women

 
 
 

A recent study has revealed that Black women are twice as likely to experience infertility as compared to white women. Stigmas surrounding infertility, paired with socioeconomic factors, racial biases, discrimination, and unsupportive environments make it harder for Black women to seek medical help to get pregnant. Studies show that only about 8 percent of Black women between the ages of 25 and 44 get professional help, compared to 15 percent of white women. Black women are also more uncomfortable talking about their fertility issues within their community. The current mistrust in the medical system and a lack of representation of Black women in clinics and infertility pamphlets needs to be addressed, in order for Black women to have safer and easier access to fertility care.

For Further Reading:

The National Health Statistics Report is a good place to start learning more in-depth information about infertility in Black women.

 

Discussion Question:

Do you think there is a stigma surrounding infertility? How does that stigma affect women of color?

 

Action Item:

If you want to make a difference for Black women struggling with infertility, you can get involved with Black Women’s Health Imperative right here.

 

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