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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 207-214

A qualitative study on experiences of women undergoing treatment to achieve fertility from selected infertility centres of Maharashtra

1 Assistant Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Nursing, (Deemed To Be University), Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Nursing, (Deemed to be University), Sangli, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Supriya Pottal Ray
College of Nursing, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune - 411 043, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_111_20

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Infertility has an immense effect on the roles and relationships in a woman's life. A woman may react differently to issue of infertility as many social customs and traditions are related to pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing. One is bound to compare another woman on issues of the time of marriage, time gone by after marriage, and successfully becoming pregnant. These issues may not be important to the ones who have conceived but can be traumatic for the one who cannot. Therefore, a qualitative study was undertaken to explore various kinds of experiences women underwent while seeking treatment for infertility. A qualitative hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used for the present study. The saturation of the data was achieved with 48 participants selected purposively from among women who were seeking treatment for infertility in three cities. Individual in-depth interviews were conducted and field notes were taken during interviews. Thematic analysis was done for determining essential codes, themes and subthemes. The themes which emerged from the study were burden about their fertility state, decision-related seeking treatment, commitment to treatment, feeling of inadequacy, support, stigma, hopes and beliefs and coping. The study has revealed that the failure to have a child is distressing to the women; however, there is variation in their reactions to infertility. Qualitative study has provided a detail description of the phenomenon of interest, the human variation and has explained its occurrences from individual viewpoint irrespective of their demographics. The findings will help in counselling services and help nurses to identify and rectify the problems posed by these clients.

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