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To assess treatment-seeking behaviour in psychiatric patients with co-morbid infertility.
METHODology: This hospital-based prospective study was conducted on out-patients, consulted at NMI (Neuro-spinal & medical Institute), Karachi.All consecutive and consenting cases were interviewed using a semi-structured proforma. Results were tabulated and analyzed through SPSS Version 11.0. Fisher Exact test/Chi-square test were used to compare variables.
One hundred five cases (62.85% Men and 37.14% Women) that fulfilled the criteria of infertility were evaluated. More than half (51.42%) of the cases had sought alternative type of treatment including treatment from Faith Healers (19.04%), Hakeems (Eastern/Indigenous Practitioners=18.09%) and Homoeopathics(14.28%). The rest of the cases had history of multiple consultations with Allopathic medical practitioners.
The impact of Infertility is serious especially in the east making a person vulnerable to seek help from the various available source of treatment particularly traditional/ alternative mode.
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