African-American women cope with infertility alone and isolation often African-American women are equally, if not more, likely to experience infertility than their white counterparts, however they cope with this traumatic issue in silence and isolation often, according to a fresh University of Michigan study. African-American women also more regularly believe that infertility hinders their sense of gender and self identity. The U-M study may be among the first recognized to focus exclusively on African-American females and infertility .