*(Via Medical News Today) – Researchers from the University of Michigan exploring the experiences of African-American women coping with infertility have found that many experience infertility in silence and isolation from friends and family.
African-American women are equally, if not more, likely to be affected by infertility as white women, yet most infertility research in the US focuses on affluent white couples.
The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, also found that infertility impaired many of the women’s sense of self and gender identity.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 6.7 million women ages 15-44 in the US with an impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. Around 1.5 million married women ages 15-44 are diagnosed as infertile.
Infertility is a traumatic condition experienced by many women in the US. The medical definition of infertility for women is when a woman is unable to conceive after 12 months of regular, unprotected sex.
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