Black women least likely to have successful IVF treatment, new study shows

Black women undergoing IVF treatment are less likely to have a baby than any other ethnic group, according to a new report.

While overall birth rates from fertility treatment have increased and are highest in patients under 35, Black patients aged 30-34 have an average birth rate of 23 per cent, compared to 30 per cent for mixed race and white patients, fresh data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) shows. For Asian patients in this age bracket, the success rate is slightly higher, at 25 per cent.

The study, Ethnic diversity in fertility treatment, also highlights that nearly a third – 31 per cent – of Black patients have fertility problems related to issues with their fallopian tubes compared to only 18 per cent of patients overall.

Even though fertility treatment uptake has increased across ethnic minority patients in the last five years, Black patients start IVF almost two years later than their white counterparts, at 36 years old, compared to the average patient at 34 years old.

Sally Cheshire, chair of the health watchdog, said: “This report is very timely as there has been much discussion recently of health inequalities amongst ethnic communities, with many of these being highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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