Racial and economic demographics of couples seeking infertility treatment

Jennifer Ach Green, Jared C. Robins, Michael Scheiber, Sherif Awadalla, Michael A. Thomas*

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVE: We characterized new infertility patients on the basis of race and economic factors. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review was performed of all patients seeking infertility evaluation from 1998 to 1999 at two infertility centers in Cincinnati, Ohio. Patients were categorized by race (white, black, or other). Statistics were analyzed by X2 and logistic regression. RESULTS: Of 756 patients, 85.2% were white, 10.2% were black, and 4.4% were other. Infertility diagnoses were placed into the following 7 categories: ovarian, salpingitis, surgical sterilization, male factor, endometriosis, unexplained, and other. Black women had significantly more salpingitis than did nonblack women (P < .001) regardless of insurance status. However, surgical sterilization was more prevalent in patients without insurance regardless of race (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings are consistent with previous studies showing that black women have more risk factors for salpingitis. Surgical sterilization risk factors were concordant with those of the National Center for Health Statistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1082
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2001


  • Black
  • Infertility
  • Race
  • Salpingitis
  • Socioeconomic
  • Sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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