Perceptions and Health Care-Seeking Behaviours for Infertility in Sagamu, Nigeria
Background: Infertility is a reproductive health morbidity and a major public health issue in many developing countries.
Objective: To assess the perception and health care – seeking behaviours of couples for infertility in Sagamu Local Government Area (LGA), southwest Nigeria.
Methods: The study was a cross-sectional survey conducted over a three-week period between May and April, 2013 in Sagamu LGA of Ogun State, Nigeria using a multi-stage sampling technique. Data was collected by trained interviewers using a semi-structured questionnaire.
Results: A total of 500 participants were surveyed. Majority, 73.8% believed that sexually transmitted infections cause infertility while 90.5% opined that previous abortion causes infertility whereas 86.1% believe that unsafe abortion is related to infertility. Some (11.0%) believed that infertility is mainly spiritual. The prevalence of infertility in the population was 16.8%. Among those with infertility, 44.6% have sought help from the spiritualists.
Conclusion: This study showed that about half of the people with infertility have sought help from the spiritualist as a treatment option. Couples should be encouraged to visit hospitals for proper medical management of infertility problems.
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