In a recent article from Women's Health, Women's Studies Professor and LSA Interim Dean for Social Sciences Rosario Ceballo extensively discussed her research on Black women's experiences of infertility. Professor Ceballo, who interviewed 50 Black women with infertility issues in a qualitative study for Psychology of Women Quarterly, reports that Black women are not only more likely than white women to experience trouble with becoming pregnant, but are also less likely to seek related medical attention.
"Virtually every single one of the women I interviewed talked about their experience as being characterized by isolation and loneliness because there were very few people in their lives they felt they could talk to about this," she notes. "A lot of the women said they decided to talk to me because they didn’t want other Black women to have to go through this alone. The isolation was so painful and so difficult that they boldly decided that they were going to talk about their experiences so other women would not feel that."