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Title:Perceptions and attitudes of couples towards their infertility
Authors:Audu, B.M.
Melah, G.S.
Bello, Z.L.
Periodical:Annals of Borno (ISSN 0189-2207)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Based on a questionnaire administered to 98 infertile couples attending gynaecological clinics in the Specialist Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, Nigeria, between January 1999 and December 2000, the authors investigated the couples' perception of the cause of their infertility and how they sought to solve it, including the acceptability of treatment options. Forty-three percent of the women had no idea of the possible cause of their infertility. Anxiety was a major problem, hence the couples' desire to seek medical treatment for infertility. The desire for divorce and/or remarriage was low, even if the other spouse was sterile. Only 33.7 percent of the men would accept donor insemination if they were azoospermic, the women were more willing to accept donor ova (61.2 percent). Significantly more female than male spouses had used traditional medication for their infertility. Education was significantly associated with perceived causes of infertility, attitude to adoption and acceptability of donor ova. Religion significantly influenced the predilection to divorce, the use of traditional medication and the acceptance of donor ova. None of the factors studied significantly affected the acceptance of donor gametes, suggesting that reproduction of the biological self is the major thrust in seeking treatment for infertility. Adoption was considered an unsatisfactory solution. Biblogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]