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Barriers to vasectomy acceptance and uptake in Nigeria: A review of the literature
African Journal of Reproductive Health
  • Mary Ndu, University of Western Ontario
  • Elysee Nouvet, Western University
  • Gertrude Odezugo
  • Amina Dorayi
  • Ifeanyi Okekearu
  • Lauren J. Wallace, Ghana Health Service
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There is growing support of male involvement in reproductive health and the integration of voluntary vasectomy services into national family planning programs in lower resource contexts; yet, the prevalence of women of reproductive age who rely on vasectomy in African countries such as Nigeria, is less than 1 percent. This review was conducted to gain a broader understanding of current sociocultural and health systems’ conditions that need to be addressed to expand the integration and acceptability of vasectomy as an option for family planning in Nigeria. To explore this, a scoping of existing literature on vasectomy in Nigeria between 2009 to 2021 was conducted. The review focused on qualitative studies and grey literatures. The findings reveal that there is a strong awareness of vasectomy among men in Nigeria. Yet, several factors such as fear and religious and cultural beliefs prevent men from having the same confidence in vasectomy as they have in female biomedical methods. These findings have implications for future family planning policies, strategies and programmes in the country.

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Mary Ndu, Elysee Nouvet, Gertrude Odezugo, Amina Dorayi, et al.. "Barriers to vasectomy acceptance and uptake in Nigeria: A review of the literature" African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol. 26 Iss. 3 (2022) p. 37 - 45
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