The Psychosocial Impact On The Uses Of Alternative Medicine Practices On Infertile Female

Author

Nik Hazlina NH1, Norliza M2, SB Ismail2 and Hasanah CI 3, 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2Department of Family Medicine, 3Department of Psychiatric, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Malaysia

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

infertility, psychosocial impact, alternative medicine, traditional medicine, homeopathy

Abstract

Introduction Infertility is one of the health problems that may be faced by the married couple. However not much study is carried out in Malaysia to look on the psychosocial impact of infertility on the infertile couples. Objective The objectives were to determine the use of alternative medicine (traditional and homeopathy) and the psychosocial impact of infertile female couples. Methodology It was a cross sectional study conducted for one year duration with infertile females couples who were attending the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was conducted on 182 respondents using the self-administered questionnaires. Result At least two third of the respondents, had used alternative medicine for their infertility problem with half of them practicing a traditional medicine, and14.8% were practicing homeopathy and 1.6% were practicing both. Eighty three percent respondents had psychosocial impact because of their infertility. Statistical analysis showed that there were significant association between the psychosocial impact with the education level and use of alternative medicine. No significant association between psychosocial impact with age, ethnic, occupation, type of infertility, duration of marriage and duration of infertility. Conclusion Most of infertile female had a psychosocial impact and this was significantly associated with education level and use of alternative medicine.