J. Infertil. Reprod. Biol.

Volume 6, Issue 2, 2018


Treatment Seeking Beliefs Among Women with Infertility in Southern Ghana


Journal of Infertility and reproductive Biology, 2018, Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 4-8, | Full Text in PDF and HTML (584 KB)|


Nana Semuah Bressey1, Florence Naab2, Ernestina Safoa Donkor3



1. Ghana health service, Adjiringano Health centre, Ghana

2. Maternal & Child Health Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon

3. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Health and Allied Sciences, PMB 31, Ho, Ghana



To explore the beliefs associated with treatment-seeking for infertility among women with infertility in southern Ghana.

A qualitative descriptive design was used. Women with infertility were recruited through herbalists in the Accra Metropolis of Ghana. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 women with infertility through purposive and snowball sampling techniques.

The findings revealed that women with infertility believed in consulting herbalists, seeking hospital treatment, and engaging in faith-based spiritual activities in order to have children. They believed that it was crucial to seek treatment for infertility. It was revealed that childless women believed in combining treatment remedies for effective benefits. The cultural beliefs and perceptions influenced the treatment-seeking behaviour of these women. These findings suggest that medical pluralism is unavoidable in the search for infertility treatment in Ghana. There is a need for further investigation into the impact of beliefs on treatment-seeking behaviour.



Keywords: Infertility, Women, Behaviour, Attitude, Treatment







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