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PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF INFERTILITY ON MARRIED WOMEN IN ESAN NORTH EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA EDO STATE

The study assessed the psychological effects of infertility on married women in Esan North East L.G.A, Edo State. A cross sectional research design was adopted for this study. The target population are married women attending fertility clinic in Central hospital, Esan north East L.G.A and systematic sampling technique was used to select 80 respondents. The instrument used for this study is selfdeveloped semi-structured questionnaires with a coefficient reliability score of 0.78. Data was analyzed using statistical computations expressed in form of tables, percentages and correlation. Result of this study revealed that anxiety and worry including emotional harassment is a psychological effect of infertility. Further findings revealed grief and depression including feelings of failure is not a major psychological effect of infertility among infertile women. Furthermore, this study also revealed that the opinion of respondents concerning infertility are that inability to bear a child causes reproach (criticism) or stigma from the neighbourhood or members of one’s social network. Two hypotheses were tested, and findings revealed that the alternative hypothesis which states that there is a significant relationship between emotional trauma and the psychological effect of infertility among married women in Esan North East LGA was accepted also, there is a significant relationship between loneliness including guilt and the psychological effect of infertility among married women in Esan North East LGA was accepted. In conclusion, it was therefore recommended that the health information and educator should give more orientation about infertility in other to reduce misconception about infertility among nursing mothers. Government should reduce the cost of treatment e.g. artificial insemination as this will bring about less invasive surgical procedure, thereby reducing the causes of infertility. Nurses should be friendly and relate well to the patient as this will promote interpersonal relationship and reduces psychological effect

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