Infertility Hypothesis

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CHAPTER ONE
1.1 INTRODUCTION

Infertility may be defined as the inability of a married couple to achieve pregnancy over a twelve-month period despite regular frequent unprotected sexual intercourse. Also, it could be the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth (Rowe & Farley, 1988). Infertility has a long history in many cultures. Recent global evidence shows infertility as a major public health problem. Infertility, or the inability to conceive, is a problem of global proportions, affecting between 8 and 12 percent of couples worldwide (Etuk, 2009), In developing countries, one in four ever married women of reproductive age are infertile due to primary or secondary infertility (WHO/DHS, 2004).
As a natural occurrence, infertility possesses
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1.5 Hypotheses Two major hypotheses will be tested in this study. These are:
Hypothesis 1: there is no significant relationship between respondents’ age and perceived psychosocial effects of infertility.
Hypothesis 2: there is no significant relationship between numbers of years spent in marriage and perceived psychosocial effects of infertility.

1.6 Significance of the
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As such, findings from this study will provide insights into the dynamics of infertility as constructed form the perspectives of women attending clinics due to infertility. The study will also be of great benefit to marriage counsellors and therapists as they attempt to help couples with infertility challenge. In the final analysis, insights from the sufferer’s view will be useful in designing and promoting initiatives that will enhance the prevention of secondary infertility (a major pattern among many Nigerian

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