STAT: For Black women, the isolation of infertility is compounded by barriers to treatment
UC fertility expert discusses barriers faced by black women
Michael Thomas, MD, professor and chair of the UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and UC Health physician, spoke with STAT about barriers black women face in obtaining fertility services. Studies suggest that black women might be twice as likely as white women to have fertility problems but far less likely to receive infertility treatment.
Thomas told STAT that during his three decades of practice he has seen far too many women of color seek infertility care much later than they should, when it can be harder to help them conceive. He said there are number for reasons for the delay. Some can’t afford the treatments, some are put off because they’re busy. Others don’t get referrals to specialists.
Featured image of Black women in a work setting courtesy of Unsplash.
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