Infertility Issues in African American Women

 

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What are the unique infertility issues facing African Americans and what resources are available to help? Our guest to discuss this topic will be Dr. DesireƩ McCarthy-Keith, a reproductive endocrinologist with Georgia Reproductive Specialists with a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health; Dr. Camille Hammond, with the Cade Foundation, an organization that works to increase awareness about infertility and family building solutions in all communities, especially in underserved communities; and Regina Townsend, with the Broken Brown Egg.org, a support group and information resource on African American reproductive health and infertility.

 

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • Are black American women more likely to be infertile that white women?
  • Why do African Americans have a higher infertility rate?
  • Is the rate of infertility increasing within the African American community?
  • What are uterine fibroids and why do African American women have them so frequently?
  • What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
  • What is the treatment of uterine fibroids?
  • Do uterine fibroids cause infertility?
  • Is the incidence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) higher in black women?
  • Does the success rate for in vitro fertilization differ for African American women?
  • Do African American women seek infertility treatment at a later age than others?
  • Is it acceptable to discuss infertility within the black community?
  • How can you find African American doctors and therapists?
  • How does the myth of hyper-fertility or hyper-virility affect blacks in relation to infertility treatment?
  • Are there grants for infertility treatment specific to African Americans?

 

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