Ethnicity Affects Your IVF Success
A new study looks at how a lady’s ethnicity plays a vital role in determining her chances of having a kid via IVF.
We know that many factors may influence fertility, from diet to genetics, to pure luck. Now new research out of the University of Nottingham, and published in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has found a relationship between a lady’s ethnicity and her likelihood of conceiving using fertility treatments like IVF.
Researchers looked at nearly forty thousand women undergoing their first cycle of IVF, or Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) over the course of ten years. These ladies fell under the following ethnicities: White British, White Irish, White European, South-Asian Indian, South-Asian Bangladeshi, South-Asian Pakistani, Chinese, Black British, Black African, Black Caribbean, Mediterranean European, Middle-Eastern, Mixed Race, and Other Asian. What they have found was that white British ladies had the highest rate of live births, at 26.4%. That number does not seem high until you consider the rate for white Irish women was 17.2%, and that for black African women was 17.4%.
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In addition, white British ladies were more likely to have a live birth than South Asian Indian, South Asian Bangladeshi, South Asian Pakistani, and other Asian ladies involved in the study. This was after adjusting for factors such as a woman’s age and the cause of infertility, according to Science Daily.
So why were white British ladies having kids at a higher rate than other ethnic groups? Researchers cite a range of reasons: some ladies from certain ethnicities faced a higher risk of not reaching the embryo transfer stage when others suffered at high rates from polycystic ovary syndrome.
But here is what is truly interesting: As Dr. Kanna Jayaprakasan, senior author of the report, explains, “The data recommend that ethnicity is a major independent factor determining the chances of IVF or ICSI treatment success.”
Of course, it is not as though you may change your ethnicity. The takeaway here is that with more and more girls seeking fertility assistance, studies like these which help to isolate factors that can influence the chances of live birth can help to tailor treatments to the needs of every person.