09/16/2014 03:44 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2014

Why Do We Treat Infertility Like It's Just Rich Women's Problem?

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When Ann V. Bell, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Delaware, started combing through infertility research back in 2008, it didn’t take long for her to notice a pretty gaping hole: The existing infertility literature focused almost exclusively on the experience of affluent white women. “We only got the perspective of those who went to infertility medical clinics for their treatment — since that’s where all these studies were recruiting participants — and the primary demographic at these clinics are white individuals of high socioeconomic status (SES),” she told the Cut.

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