Black women are twice as likely as white women to suffer from infertility, but tend to seek medical help for infertility later than white ones. This is in some measure connected with distrust of the medical field and hesitancy in discussing fertility issues, but a major factor, too, is the belief that fertility issues don’t affect Black women due to the pernicious myth of Black hyper-fertility.
The researchers found that average cycle length was 29.3 days. Only 13% of the cycles were 28 days—quite a departure from the old idea that most cycles are exactly four weeks long. This rather simple finding shows just how little we still know about women’s bodies. And it leads to a new understanding of the key phases of the cycle for women and doctors alike.