Infertility in Kenya is quite rampant and an impairment in the active African society. According to latest research by Aga Khan University Hospital, shows every one in 4 to 8 women visiting a gynecologist in Kenya today has some difficulty in conceiving.
Childless women in Kenya suffer discrimination, stigma and even ostracism, such that women feel isolated in family get-together and may fail to participate in family talks regarding children for fear of ridicule and criticism. They are burdened with deep disappointments for they are considered and talked about as cursed and may bear with extra marital relationships that their husbands tend to have if not being divorced.
Kenya being a low income country, infertility prevention and care is not given the required attention and interest when it comes to health issues.
Fertility treatments are not covered by medical insurance covers offered, and this treatment is very expensive in hospitals offering this services. A common cause of infertility includes;
- Infrequent or failure to ovulate
- Problem with transport of sperms
- Blocked tubes mainly due to previous sex infections
- Advancement in age especially after age of 35yrs for women
- When couples postponed child bearing due to careers
Women suffering from infertility can benefit from fertility drugs to promote ovulation, insemination of sperms into uterus, surgery to correct blocked fallopian tubes problems and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) sometimes referred to as test tube babies.