Call for Papers

Special Issue Title: Health Disparity and Reproduction

Submission Deadline: Dec 1st, 2021

Scope and call for manuscripts:

Large body of literature confirms the notable interplay of ethnicity and reproduction. Reaching health equity requires an understanding of current racial-ethnic gaps in reproductive health and a concerted effort to develop and implement strategies to close such gaps. Several reproductive disorders including but not limited to uterine fibroids, preterm labor, maternal mortality and pelvic organ prolapse show clear differential prevalence in one ethnic/racial group versus the other. Furthermore, over the past 10 years, studies have shown that the rates of fertility vary in different ethnic groups. Ethnic differences also play a significant role in the outcome of assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles. In the United States, minority groups; African Americans, Hispanics (mainly Mexicans and Central Americans), East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Philippinos) and South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, and Bengalis); have significantly lower chances of live births compared European-American women. Birth outcome data collected by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology shows a worsening trend in conception rates between the years 1999-2000 and 2004-2006, raising more concern that the disparity in fertility rates between minority groups and European-American women is widening over time. This special issue serves to analyze these observation, shed light on the root causes (access, bias, biology, environment, diet, racial injustice…. etc.) of such health disparity and propose a road map towards solutions.  A thoughtful combination of evidence-based medicine, advanced molecular pathogenesis, and treatment options, this special issue is aiming to be a definitive reference on ethnic health disparity impact on female reproduction.  ​

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