"My mother in-law forced my husband to divorce me": experiences of women with infertility in Zamfara State of Nigeria

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Title

"My mother in-law forced my husband to divorce me": experiences of women with infertility in Zamfara State of Nigeria

Author

Naab, Florence
Lawali, Yakubu
Donkor, Ernestina S.

Language

English

Publication Date

20191219

Abstract

Introduction: Women with infertility have different experiences that determine the quality of their psychosocial health. Cultural constructions of infertility in Africa have made the experience of infertility among African women more burdensome. Yet, little is known about the psychosocial experiences of women with infertility in Zamfara State of Nigeria. The purpose of this study was to explore the psychosocial experiences of women with infertility in Zamfara. Materials and Methods: An exploratory qualitative design was used for this exploration. Individual in-depth interviews were conducted using a semi-structured interview guide. Ethical approval was received from the Institutional Review Board of the Nogouchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the University of Ghana. Women who were married and seeking treatment for infertility from a public hospital were recruited and interviewed. A total of 12 women were interviewed with each interview lasting 45 minutes. The interviews were audiotaped with permission from the participants, transcribed verbatim, and content analysed. Results: The findings revealed that psychologically, majority of the women had experienced anxiety, stress and depression as a result of their inability to get pregnant. Socially, the women suffered self and social isolation, social stigma, social pressure and marital problems. Conclusion: These women have psychosocial health problems that need the attention of health professionals to enhance their wellbeing.

Primary Classification

14.1

Secondary Classification

14.1; 17.1

Primary keywords

infertility [pri]; marital relationship [pri]; psychological stress [pri]; women's health [pri]

Secondary keywords

data collection; family members; interviews; mental health; Muslims; stigmatization

Subject

Nigeria

Journal Article

PLoS One 2019 December 19; 14(12):e0225149: 13 p.

Note

Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Primary Document Type

j

Subject Captions

e

Bibliography

22 refs

ISSN

19326203 (online)

Collection

Citation

“"My mother in-law forced my husband to divorce me": experiences of women with infertility in Zamfara State of Nigeria,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed February 20, 2020, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/38101.