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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 165-170

Perceptions of infertility among undergraduates students in Kano, Nigeria

1 Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
3 Faculty of Medicine, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 3452, Kano
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Background: Infertility is a global public health problem affecting an average of 8 - 12% of couples with severe social implications. The perception of a disease often influences the efficacy of its preventive strategies as well as management outcome. Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study of 289 undergraduates of Bayero University Kano was conducted between January and February 2009 using a multi-stage sampling technique to assess their perception regarding the causes of infertility and its management. Results: Majority of the respondents were between the age of 18 and 29 years, and most (67%) were single. Though there was largely high awareness about infertility, the knowledge regarding the causes was poor. There was positive attitude towards infertile couples and infertility in general. Conclusion: Improved health education on the awareness, causes and prevention of infertility among students and the wider public is recommended.

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