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

Fledderjohann, Jasmine (2021) Self-reported fertility impairments and help-seeking strategies among young women in Malawi. Global Public Health. ISSN 1744-1692

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Global Public Health
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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157432
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Deposited On:
21 Jul 2021 08:20
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Yes
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Published
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