Expert discusses study of fertility outcomes in Hispanic men

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"I would say the biggest take-home is that for Hispanic patients, there's a reduced likelihood of a successful fertility outcome that has been observed in an area that is enriched with a Hispanic population that's comparable to that of the US," says Devon M. Langston, MD.

In this video, Devon M. Langston, MD, shares the take-home message from the Urology study “Hispanic Ethnicity and Fertility Outcomes.” Langston is a urology resident at University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City.

Transcription:

What is the take-home message for the practicing urologist?

I would say the biggest take-home is that for Hispanic patients, there's a reduced likelihood of a successful fertility outcome that has been observed in an area that is enriched with a Hispanic population that's comparable to that of the US.

Is there anything you would like to add?

We'd like to acknowledge that the likelihood of a successful fertility outcome includes maternal factors as well, even though the goal of our study was to focus on more of an androcentric approach as urologists in looking at male factor of infertility, but many of the socioeconomic and cultural factors that impact our male patients may also be impacting their female partners. So we can't not acknowledge that it takes a sperm and an egg to conceive a child. Therefore, both factors of both parents should be considered. Our intent was to investigate the impact of Hispanic ethnicity as a unified category. But we acknowledge that there are differences that exist within Hispanic communities of different national origins and are limited by the limitations of surveys or even demographic categorization defined by the National Institutes of Health allow for us to use for when we're surveying Hispanic ethnicity, which forces it to be a binary Hispanic or non Hispanic. This is a limitation not only for our study, but also in the literature at large because there is a dearth of qualitative data to discern the views of different Hispanic communities.

This transcription was edited for clarity.

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