Module 1 Case Assignment
Dr. Gayl M. Anglin, Ph.D.
MPH 503: Infertility and Public Health
12 August 2013
1. What is the prevalence of infertility in the U.S.? (Your response should address both male and female factor infertility.)
2. What are the demographic characteristics (i.e., age, educational attainment, poverty status, race/ethnicity, etc.) of women with impaired fecundity?
3. What are the demographic characteristics of women receiving infertility treatment?
4. To what extent is there a gap between those in need of infertility treatment and those who actually receive it? If a gap indeed exists, to what factors does the scholarly ...view middle of the document...
Despite the prevalence, there are multiple complaints such as prostate problems, middle age crisis, and male infertility and erection dysfunction. Because of their masculine sense of hidden pride, men of all age group tend not to seek medical advice and tend to postpone consulting a doctor until they have run out of all other resources. According to CDC, of the men who sought help, 18% of were younger than 45 years old reported being diagnosed with infertility problems.
Demographic characteristics of women with impaired fecundity
Women that encounter physical difficulties having their first child has experience several factors that’s normal to humans. Increasing age is a part of reality and as some women get up in age, they limit the ability to conceive. More women with inability to conceive were seen more from currently married, cohabiting, and formerly married women are between 15-44 years of age compared to those that have never been married. Uneducated females from different ethnic background tend to have more problems than those that have higher education, according to CDC. Asian females have a better chance in conceiving than those of other ethnic groups. From teenagers to middle age females, about 14 % of them have the physical inability to have a child. (Missmer, Hornstien 2005)
Demographic characteristics of women receiving infertility treatment
Disparities in access to health services affect individuals and society. Limited access to health care affects women ability to reach their full potential, negatively affecting their quality of life. There are barriers that prevent women from receiving the medical attention that is needed. Because of this, a lack of healthcare services that is needed will cause them to become more at risk to face an array of health conditions. (AHRO)
Gap between those in need and who actually receive infertility treatment
Providers or Healthcare Facilities are ethically required to treat all patients in need of medical attention and many providers already impose medical restrictions on access to infertility treatment. Denying services to patients for unknown...