Self-reported fertility impairments and help-seeking strategies among young women in Malawi

Fledderjohann, Jasmine (2022) Self-reported fertility impairments and help-seeking strategies among young women in Malawi. Global Public Health, 17 (9). pp. 2139-2155. ISSN 1744-1692

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This paper analyses wave 4 the Tsogolo la Thanzi survey of n = 1349 Malawian women aged 16–26 to explore the prevalence and predictors of self-reported fertility impairments (difficulties conceiving and/or difficulties carrying a pregnancy to term) and help-seeking strategies. Using descriptive statistics, logistic regression models, and graphic displays, the correlates of self-reporting an impairment and patterns of help-seeking strategies are examined. Nearly 13% (n = 117) of those who had ever tried to conceive reported experiencing a fertility impairment. Age was positively associated with reporting an impairment, while there was a negative association with education and with parity. Of women who reported an impairment, 85.5% sought help. Visiting a hospital or clinic was the most common response, followed closely by going to a traditional healer. Around one-quarter employed multiple help-seeking strategies, highlighting the need for various help-seeking behaviours to be viewed in tandem rather than in isolation.

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Global Public Health
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global Public Health on 11/08/2021, available online:
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?? infertilitymalawifertility impairmentreproductive health carehelp-seekingpublic health, environmental and occupational health ??
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