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Now that I’m well into my child-bearing years (don’t ask how far), the majority of my associates and friends have either been parents for quite some time now, just became parents or are mere months away from becoming someone’s mother or father. It could be the fact that I don’t have children yet, but at times my uterus feels like it’s in competition with my stomach to see which of the two can issue the most tangible hunger pangs.

Going solely by my family history and my general overall health (along with that of my husband), I always figured that when and if I decided to have children, it wouldn’t require an extraordinary amount of effort. Unfortunately, as Black women, we are met with various challenges that can lead to an increased likelihood of fertility issues:

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