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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 May;202(5):413-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2009.12.020. Epub 2010 Mar 6.

Racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94115-0916, USA.


This review examines racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive health focusing on 3 key topical areas: (1) infertility, (2) polycystic ovarian syndrome, and (3) reproductive aging. We report that an increasing body of knowledge points toward reduced infertility access and in vitro fertilization outcomes in Asian, black, and Hispanic women compared with white women. There are differences in the reproductive and metabolic phenotypes of Asian, black, and Hispanic women presenting with the polycystic ovarian syndrome compared with white women. Reproductive aging differences appear to exist in all racial and ethnic groups. Awareness of racial and ethnic disparities is critical to a complete understanding of the health issues facing women of reproductive age.

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