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The Impact of Infertility on Infertile Men and Women in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria: A Qualitative Study

Nieuwenhuis, Sonja L, Odukogbe, Akin-Tunde A, Theobald, Sally ORCID: and Xiaoyun, Liu (2009) 'The Impact of Infertility on Infertile Men and Women in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria: A Qualitative Study'. African Journal of Reproductive Health, Vol 13, Issue 3, pp. 85-98.

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This study explored the impact of infertility on infertile men and women in Ibadan, Nigeria. The
qualitative study design included the application of focus group discussions with community members
(7 FGDs, n=42), in-depth interviews with infertile men (n=7), infertile women (n=8) and professionals
(n=13). The findings revealed that infertile men and women and community members commonly
perceived that contraceptives and abortion cause infertility, as well as supernatural and behavioural
factors. Measures to prevent infertility were not well known by the participants. Infertility treatment is
sought from a mixture of biomedical, faith-based and traditional service providers. Infertile women
prioritize the psychological impact of infertility while infertile men prioritize the economic impact, and
reported spending between 55-100% of their income to address infertility. Infertility has a serious social,
psychological and economic impact on women and men’s lives. Efforts to reduce the impact should
prioritize education on the causes, prevention and treatment of infertility, offer psychological support
and ensure an efficient referral system for managing infertility (Afr J Reprod Health 2009; 13[3]:85-

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infertility, Perceptions, Social impact, Psychological impact, Economic Impact, Nigeria
Subjects: WP Gynecology > WP 20 Research (General)
WJ Urogenital System > WJ 709 Infertility in the male
WP Gynecology > Anatomy. Diseases. Injuries > WP 570 Infertility (General). Infertility in the female
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > International Health Group
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Depositing User: Philomena Hinds
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 10:14
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:00


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