IVF success more likely for white women than those from other ethnic backgrounds
- Researchers say it is not yet clear why white women are more likely to have babies after fertility treatment
White women are more likely to have babies following IVF treatment than women from other ethnic backgrounds, new research suggests.
The study found that 43.8% of European white women went on to have a baby after their first cycle of fertility treatment, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intro-cytoplasmic sperm injection.
This compared to just 35% of women from other ethnic backgrounds.
The research, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, examined 1,500 women between 2006 and 2011.
The authors, from Nottingham University, found a similar trend in pregnancy rates after treatment, with 47.9% of white women falling pregnant compared to 38.5% of women from other backgrounds.
Noticeable differences were also noted among women from ethnic backgrounds.
Thirty eight per cent of South East Asian women fell pregnant after treatment compared to just over a fifth of Middle Eastern Asian women and almost a quarter of African-Caribbean women, the authors said.
Lead researcher Dr Walid Maalouf said it was not clear why different ethnic minority groups were affected in different ways, and more research was needed into how genetic background affects the outcome of IVF treatment, as well as lifestyle and cultural factors.
He added: “These findings could be used to modify clinical strategies in fertility treatments to increase success rates among all ethnic minority groups.”
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