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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 1-4

Evaluation of ‘Unorthodox’ methods of treating infertility in Nigeria


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecoloy, U. N. T. H., Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiation Medicine, U. N. T. H., Enugu, Nigeria

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Uche Megafu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, U.N.T.H., Enugu
Nigeria
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The often publicised claims of traditional medicine practitioners and prayer houses of success in the treatment of infertility have recently been investigated. Seventeen out of the seventy-five women managed in our unit for infertility in the last ten years, admitted having been to traditional medicine practitioners or prayer houses and were closely and confidentially interviewed. All seventeen of them freely volunteered information that gave great cause for concern. They admitted having been made to commit adultery, either with the Chief Priest of the traditional medical practice, the prayer house prophet or his assistants. Two of the women admitted that their previous pregnancies occured through the process of adultery. Furthermore, all the native medical concoctions given to them were anlysed and found to contain no fertility enhancing properties. Some of the husbands of these women were found to have azoospermia or severe oligospermia. Twelve of these women became pregnant and delivered live babies, when the cause of their infertility was identified and treated. Therapeutic insemination of donor semen was very successful, using ultrasound to monitor ovarian follicular growth.


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