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Black women 'less likely' to conceive after IVF

FERTILE EQUIPMENT: An embryologist works on a petri dish at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London (PA)

BLACK AND Asian women are less likely to become mothers after fertility treatment than their white peers, a new study has found.

A team at Nottingham University found that 43.8 per cent of European white women went on to have a baby after their first cycle of fertility treatment, compared to just 35 per cent of women from other ethnic groups.

This was despite all the women appearing to have a fair chance of having a baby, based on factors such as the quality of their egg reserves.

The birth rate also differed between three ethnic sub-groups - 21.4 per cent for Middle Eastern Asian women, 23.3 per cent for African Caribbean women, and 38 per cent for South East Asian women.

Lead researcher Dr Walid Maalouf said the reasons behind the findings, which were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, are still unclear.

He said: “Our data indicates that live birth rates, clinical pregnancy rates and implantation rates following fertility treatment, particularly IVF, are significantly lower in ethnic women when compared to white Europeans.

“The reason for the reduced implantation rates and subsequent reduced outcomes in the ethnic minority group is still unclear.

"Further research into genetic background as a potential determinant of IVF outcome, as well as the influencing effects of lifestyle and cultural factors on reproductive outcomes, is needed.”

Following the research John Thorp, BJOG deputy editor in chief, encouraged women from ethnic backgrounds to seek treatment earlier to improve their odds of having a baby.

He said: “It is important that women are fully aware of their realistic chances of success when undergoing any form of assisted reproductive therapy and this information could help clinicians better inform and counsel patients.

“Furthermore, evidence of more realistic success rates of women undergoing fertility treatment could be used to encourage women from ethnic backgrounds to seek treatment earlier and improve the likelihood of a positive pregnancy outcome.”

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