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“I am tired of being childless”: social experiences of women with infertility

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Author: 
Deborah Y. Kussiwaah, Ernestina S. Donkor and Florence Naab
Abstract: 

In the African setting, the presence of a child is seen as a necessity to continue the family’s bloodline. It is also believed that, the presence of a child enhances the status of any woman. Therefore, failure for any woman to portray her motherhood role leads to a lot of social atrocities. The purpose of this study was to explore the social experiences of women with infertility. The social component of the bio-psychosocial model was used as a guiding framework to understand the experiences of these women. The study utilized a qualitative exploratory descriptive approach to conduct a semi-structured interview on fourteen (14) women who were purposively selected between November 2015 to January 2016. Each interview lasted 30 to 40 minutes. Questions asked included the social experiences of women with fertility problems. All interviews were audio taped, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using thematic content analysis. Social experience was identified as a major theme. The findings showed that, women with fertility problems experienced some social difficulties in their lives. Amongst these social experiences were stigmatization, intentional isolation and inability to attend social function, and marital instability.

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