Perceptions and Health Care-Seeking Behaviours for Infertility in Sagamu, Nigeria

  • O. E. Amoran
  • V. J. Animasahun
  • A. A. A. Oyelekan
  • O. O. Sholeye
Keywords: aborting, couples, infertility, perception, prevention practices, sagamu

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

O. E. Amoran
Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care,
Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,
Sagamu, Nigeria
V. J. Animasahun
Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care,
Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,
Sagamu, Nigeria
A. A. A. Oyelekan
Department of Surgery,
Olabisi Onabanjo University,
Sagamu, Nigeria
O. O. Sholeye
Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care,
Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,
Sagamu, Nigeria

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Published
2016-03-24
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