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Unravelling pain, stigmatisation: Lots of infertile women in Nigeria

Pain unraveled, stigma: many infertile women in Nigeria

By Ebere Agozie, Nigeria News Agency Are you a woman who struggles and prays to have a baby? Do you share the pains of an infertile parent? You’re not alone.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infertility is a disease of the male or female reproductive system defined by the inability to become pregnant after 12 months or more of regular, unprotected sex. age around the world and impacts their families and communities. Estimates suggest that between 48 million couples and 186 million people are living with infertility worldwide. Infertility can be caused by a number of different factors, in the male or female reproductive systems. However, sometimes it is not possible to explain the causes of infertility. With this information, the way and manner in which Africans stigmatize infertile women makes it seem like infertility only occurs in women on the continent. woman in a relationship with a man without a resulting pregnancy, is often perceived as infertile, whether or not she is infertile. Infertility has significant negative social impacts on the lives of infertile couples and especially women, who frequently experience violence, divorce, social stigma, emotional stress, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. . Being able to get pregnant is a big part of the institution of marriage, especially in the African cultural context; therefore, infertility is associated with many psychosocial and other negative consequences such as infidelity. a child or children. Various studies suggest that there is greater stigma for infertile women than for men, and in developing countries, infertile women suffer more from the negative consequences of childlessness. The shame associated with infertility is so severe that none of our respondents wanted their names mentioned. Ms. Nkiru Ogbonna (original name) said that her mother-in-law and her husband called her a witch and said that she did not have a uterus. Being her mother’s only child, she was deemed to come from a household of infertile people. “They threw me out of the house after five years of marriage to their son.” I thank God that they did because after two years G od gave me another husband and I now have four children with him while my former husband is still childless, even though he remarried. put all the blame on me ” because it was in their best interests to do so. Hajia Amina Musa (wrong name) said, “It is God who gives children but if he decides not to give me, who am I to ask him” My husband has other wives with children and I consider them to be my own, although sometimes I would have liked to have one of my own. ”ridicule. However, from their responses, one can see that ignorance probably played a major role in obtaining this state of mind. the stigma is still the same as infertility. Majority said they would rather do what they did in secret, while some said they would rather another man secretly impregnates them just to cover their husbands’ shame of being infertile. They said adoption would just tell the world that they are infertile, and therefore they would have preferred IVF to adoption, if it is affordable and reliable, so it’s no wonder that a recent Premium Times publication showed that six of the 10 Nigerian children brought to r DNA tests were not sired by their supposed fathers. Infertile women have known to face infertility through infidelity, which leads to the common situation of women with children whose father is a man other than their husband. a couple have no children, the only option is for the man to marry another woman who will give him children. Bassy Emem, one of our male respondents who is a worker, frowned at the way infertility is generally mistakenly viewed as a female problem on the continent. arrange for the male partner to bring a semen sample for analysis, especially if he has more than one wife or other children; But who can say that these children are really his? He said baseline infertility surveys should assess male and female factors. “Some couples prefer to opt for traditional assistance in order to avoid the detection of a male factor and the social blame that goes with it. Some men and women even hang out with charlatans where their medical records will not be taken, while some deal with the perceived source of their infertility without their spouses. herbs are difficult to determine and can sometimes cause more harm than good. ” Emem said that many women still resort to the use of traditional medicines, mainly herbs which may not be as effective as conventional treatment. “These women are using different forms of treatment from faith healing to traditional medicine and even patronizing charlatans. To see if they have any potential for treating infertility and to ensure proper regulation, safety and control. non-exploitation of desperate women. ” However, cultural and religious beliefs and societal pressure to conceive can influence a woman’s decision to seek traditional treatment. lived to satisfy the people around them and end their suffering.Dr. Toochi Nwoye, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Federal Medical Center (FMC), says fertility care encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infertility. He said that infertility among couples is a shared responsibility; therefore, the man and woman involved should seek to fertility care together, and also early. “To conceive a child, a man’s sperm must combine with a woman’s egg.” The testes make and store sperm, which is ejaculated by the penis to deliver sperm to the female reproductive system for sexual intercourse ”. Nwoye noted that many different medical conditions and other factors can contribute to fertility issues, and an individual’s case may have a single cause, multiple causes, or in some cases no identifiable cause. “According to statistics, one third of infertility cases are caused by male reproductive problems, one third by female reproductive problems and one third by male and female reproductive problems or by unknown factors.” In the system. Reproductive male infertility is most often caused by problems with ejection of semen, low or low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape or motility, and poor lifestyle habits. infertility can be caused by a range of abnormalities of the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and endocrine system, among other possible factors. “Infertility can be primary or secondary. Primary infertility is when a pregnancy has never been achieved by a person, and secondary infertility is when at least one previous pregnancy has been achieved. ” Luckily, Nwoye noted that many of the risk factors for male and female infertility are the same, so there are many safe and effective therapies that dramatically improve the chances of pregnancy. He advised that if you are a woman in a heterosexual relationship with regular sex and menstrual cycles, you should see your doctor after 12 months of trying to conceive or six months if you are over 35. Additionally, surrogacy – another way childless couples might use to have their own children – has been branded taboo in Nigeria due to cultural and religious factors. An investigation by the Nigerian News Agency showed that although there is no law prohibiting such a practice, people consider the act to be taboo. e Adamawa in northeast Nigeria, the state government only has a policy of fostering children, and no adoption, no surrogacy. Dr Aisha Liman, a gynecologist and mother of two residing in Maiduguri, also said that a woman who adopts the option of surrogacy is not considered a “woman” enough. “People see being pregnant as a mark of femininity, so surrogacy will negatively affect femininity, especially when people place a lot of importance on a woman’s ability to get pregnant, procreate and to bear the child, “she said. However, consultant gynecologist Dr Usman Sunusi described surrogacy as normal practice in the medical field because it allows childless couples to have their own. children, noting however that “the practice is contrary to culture and religious principles”. Therefore, it is necessary to intensify the campaign against the stigma of infertility towards women and to change the public mindset towards the childless couple. This awareness will encourage and improve access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable fertility care solutions. **** If used, please credit the author and Nigeria News Agency

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