Pressured by social failure, Nigeria has seen an increasing responsiveness of women escaping abroad for fertility treatments.
"Where you have a marriage that's not blessed with children there's a lot of stigmatization," states Dr. Richard Ajayi, executive of Bridge Clinic in Lagos.
The need for accessible and affordable solutions to childlessness—a major social disappointment is on the rise.
"In fact, some people say infertility is a justifiable reason for divorce and a lot of marriages break up where there's infertility," Ajayi added.
While Nigeria is Africa's most densely inhabited nation, social failure has crept upon infertile Nigerian women without disinclination.
Childless marriages in Africa further lead to marital breakdown, mental illness, domestic violence, polygamy, adultery, and suicide.
The strain to overcome the massive social pressure is not the only issue significantly concerning Nigerian women. Enveloped by few IVF clinics, Nigeria watches women continually travel abroad for affordable IVF treatment.
Fertility Solutions Nigeria is aiming to help end the social suffering accompanying infertility in Nigeria by assisting patients to countries like Cyprus, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, and India for IVF treatments.
Yale University Professor, Marcia Inhorn, states that in numerous unindustrialized nations the greatest social burden of infertility rests on the shoulders of married women, who are expected to harvest a child.
Carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, fertile Nigerian women also seize the burden of their husband's male infertility factors.
Many Nigerian women also suffer from irregular cycles or uterine abnormalities such as fibroids.
Will IVF treatments end this grueling process for Nigerian women?
IVF technology has taken infertility treatment to a new level—an unexplained realm of opportunities. The ability to fertilize the egg and sperm outside the body alone has overcome major issues that women and men endure with fertility.
With the proper care and the right combination of up-to-date technological procedures and affordable IVF costs abroad, advanced IVF treatments will allow Nigerian women to live their lives without unceasing guilt and burden.
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