Researchers Still Don’t Know Why IVF is Less Successful in Black Women


During a paper presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference, it was revealed that although African American women responded better to treatment but had fewer pregnancies and higher risk of miscarriage.

Daily Mail reports that the paper is an analysis of 36,000 patients that were treated at a Fertility center between 2004 and 2016.

Pregnancy rates, however, were significantly lower in black women – 42 percent compared to 49 percent of white women.

The rate of women who miscarried was much higher – 26 percent compared to 18 percent.

And the live birth rate was 31 percent, compared to 40 percent for white women, a relative percentage difference of 14 percent.

Christos Coutifaris MD, PhD, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine said

This important research points out the urgent need to better understand the factors that may contribute to these racial disparities

Improved knowledge of biological and other factors contributing to successful implantation and placenta development could lead to higher success rates and save patients from the heartbreak of a failed cycle or pregnancy loss.


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