NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF)
using donated eggs vary by race and ethnic background, investigators said this
week at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians &
Gynecologists in Chicago.
The research team, headed by Dr. Tarun Jain at Chicago IVF in Warrenville,
Illinois, reviewed data on 29,948 donor-egg IVF cycles, and analyzed only the 60
percent of these cycles in which there was no indication that the donors and
mothers varied in ethnicity.
According to the investigators' report, they found that "compared to white
women, black women were more likely to have a failed cycle prior to embryo
transfer, less likely to achieve a pregnancy, and less likely to have a live
Jain and his colleagues said that the differences cannot be accounted for by
disorders of the uterus or fallopian tubes.
There were no significant differences in IVF outcomes among Asian, Hispanic and
white women, according to the report.
Source : Thomson Reuters 2009