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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-18

Assisted reproduction technology: Perceptions among infertile couples in Ilorin, Nigeria

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
3 Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
4 Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

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Lukman Omotayo Omokanye
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_29_16

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Background: Infertility is a global health problem and a socially destabilizing condition for couples carrying several stigmas and a cause of marital disharmony. Assisted reproduction technologies (ARTs) offers a chance at parenthood to couples, who until recently would have had no hope of having a “biologically related” child. Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to determine the awareness and perception of ART services among infertile couples at a public health facility in Ilorin, Nigeria. Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study of consecutively consenting infertile couples seen at the ART unit of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2015. Results: The patients aged 22–52 years with a mean age of 36.1 ± 6.6 years and mean duration of infertility of 7.3 ± 5.8 years. Most (60.8%) belonged to middle social class. Of the 559 infertile couples interviewed, 87.3% were aware of ART services. Less than half (48.8%) were aware of surrogacy while majority (85.7%) rejected the use of surrogate mother. Reasons to decline surrogacy were desire to carry one's own child (51.7%) and “do not like the idea” (22.3%). Female partner age, duration of infertility, and religion had a significant influence on acceptance of donor egg (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Despite the high level of awareness of ART, its low utilization remains a gap in the delivery of these services. Government and nongovernmental agencies need to institute interventions to stem the trend.

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