Infertility Issues in the African American Community

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. Desireé 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, a support group and information resource on African American reproductive health and infertility.

Hit the Highlights
  • 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?