Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Acceptability of Vasectomy in Jos, Northern Nigeria

Josia T Mutihir, Innocent AO Ujah, Chinedu C Ekwempu, Partick H Daru, A Aisien Olabisi


Objective: The paper reports on the ten cases of vasectomy performed in our institution over a sixteen year period.

Design: It is a retrospective study of clients\' case-notes from January 1985 to December 2000.

Setting: Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau State, Nigeria.

Results: During the 16 year period, a total of ten males volunteered to have vasectomy performed on them in contrast to 3585 females who had surgical contraception via minilaparotomy during the same period, giving an incidence of 0.28%. Their age range was 41-62 years, range of children per family of 3-14, with 3-11 children alive at the time of the procedure. They were in stable marriages and chose vasectomy because they had completed their family sizes. Compilations attributed to the procedure were minor and resolved with treatment.

Conclusion: Vasectomy even though safe, simple and effective is not readily acceptable as a method of fertility control in our institution and this part of Nigeria.
Key Words: vasectomy, contraception, safe, effective.

[Trop J Obstet Gynaecol, 2004;21:56-57]
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