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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 806-811

The traditional practices used by couples with fertility problems, affecting factors, expected benefits, and learning paths: The Turkey Sample


1 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University, Institute of Health Sciences, Izmir, Turkey
2 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University, Nursing Faculty, Izmir, Turkey
3 IVF Center, Health Science University Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
4 Department of Women's Health and Birth, Health Science University Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

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Dr. S Fata
Dokuz Eylul University, Institute of Health Sciences, 35340 Balcova, Izmir
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_383_18

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Objective: Studies related to traditional practices and benefits have been usually performed among women. The literature regarding the traditional practices used by men in Turkey and around the world and their expected benefits is more limited. The aim of this study was to examine the traditional practices used by couples with fertility problems, affecting factors, expected benefits, and learning paths. Materials and Methods: The descriptive study was performed between May and July 2017 in Izmir, Turkey. In total, 151 women with infertility were included. The data related to the use of this practice by men were obtained from women partners. “Personal information form” and “traditional practices evaluation form” were used to obtain the data. Results: In total, 35.8% of the women and 25.8% of the men used traditional practices. The 24.4% of women and 52.1% of men used other practices such as figs, onion cures, and hacamat, whereas 18.2% of women and 14.9% of men used various herbs. The benefits they expected from traditional practices were facilitating conception, ensuring follicle development in women, increasing sperm count, and quality and facilitating conception in men. Overall, 37.0% of women learned of these practices from their friends, 30.7% of men learned from their partners, 20.4% of women and 20.6% of men learned from the internet. Conclusion: The couples in this study widely used traditional practices to solve fertility problems and learned from their friends and partners.


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