There is a dearth of knowledge regarding Pakistani women's perceptions and treatment seeking behavior for infertility.
We conducted this study to explore the contextual factors that influence the health-seeking behavior of infertile women in the lower socio-economic group.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 17 women, identified from clinics and community using pretested interview guidelines covering issues as the chronological sequence of the number and types of the health care providers consulted for infertility, household dynamics regarding decision making, perceived causes and social and psychological effects of infertility on the woman and her family.
14 of the 17 women interviewed presented with primary infertility and three with secondary infertility.
Reasons reported for seeking treatment for primary infertility were : someone to carry on the family name, feeling alone and akhrat par maan bap bun kar uthna (getting up as a parent on judgment day).
Two of the three women suffering from secondary infertility were seeking treatment because they did not have any male offspring.
Of the 14 women, 11 initially sought treatment within the first two years of marriage ; one woman reported that she was « coerced » by her mother-in-law to seek treatment following the first week of marriage. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Stérilité, Comportement, Santé, Statut socioéconomique, Choix, Médecin, Analyse qualitative, Homme, Femelle, Pakistan, Asie, Entretien, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sterility, Behavior, Health, Socioeconomic status, Choice, Physician, Qualitative analysis, Human, Female, Pakistan, Asia, Interview, Female genital diseases, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0349350
Code Inist : 002B20A04. Création : 14/12/1999.