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Type Journal Article - West African Journal of Medicine
Title Epidemiology of infertility: social problems of the infertile couples
Author(s)
Volume 22
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
Page numbers 190-196
URL http://www.ajol.info/index.php/wajm/article/viewFile/27946/21818
Abstract
Infertility is of public health importance in Nigeria and many other developing nations because of its high prevalence and especially due to its serious social implications. A review of the epidemiology of infertility in Nigeria and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa is presented and socio-cultural issues including the social impact on couples are discussed. The major cause of infertility in Africa is infection – STDs, post-abortal and puerperal sepsis. Beliefs about causes, and failure of orthodox methods of treatment have led many couples to seek solution from traditional doctors and faith healers without success. Infertility causes marital disharmony, which often leads to divorce. Women are often blamed for the infertility and men engage in polygyny in an attempt to have children. The couple can also suffer stress from the management of the infertility. Adoption is not popular and assisted reproduction has medico-legal implications. Preventive measures are suggested, including counselling at every stage of the management.

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