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    How many women have no access to fertility services?

    Nearly 25 million women may have little to no access to assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics, according to results of a new study in Fertility & Sterility.

    Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh used data from the most recent US Census to determine the populations of cities, towns, and states, and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to locate the 510 ART clinics across the United States. The main outcome was the number of US women of reproductive age living in areas with no ART clinic, a single ART clinic, or multiple ART clinics.

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    Multiple ART clinics were located in 76 metropolitan areas with a median population of 1.45 million people, accounting for 442 of the 510 ART clinics. A single ART clinic was found in 68 metropolitan areas with a median population of 454,000 people. According to the 2010 US Census, 38.1 million reproductive-aged women (60.4% of the US population) lived in an area with more than 1 ART clinic; 6.8 million (10.8%) lived in an area with only 1 ART clinic; and 18.2 million (28.8%) lived in an area that had no ART clinic.

    The researchers concluded that 25 million (39.6%) women of reproductive-age live in an area that provides either limited or no access to fertility services. They believe that this should spur policy and progress to increase access to ART services.

    Judith M. Orvos, ELS
    Judith M. Orvos, ELS, is a a BELS-certified medical writer and editor and an editorial consultant for Contemporary OB/GYN.
    Miranda Hester
    Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.


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