Perception and Acceptance of Pre-Marital Fertility Screening among Final Year Students of College of Health Sciences at a University in North Central, Nigeria

JO Aluko, OJ Makanjuola, FC Diorgu
2021 Journal of Gynecological Research and Obstetrics  
Starting a family and laying the foundation for a successful professional career usually take place in women's most fertile years [1] . Premarital screening is a worldwide activity that aims to diagnose and treat unrecognized disorders and reduce the transmission of diseases to couples and children, it is considered as the primary preventive approach for couples who planned for conception. Premarital care includes premarital counselling and a general medical examination [2] . The premarital
more » ... The premarital examination can particularly be important in the prevention of the spread of disease [3] . Premarital Examination (PME) and history taking provide a baseline assessment of future married couples. It has proved to be a helpful and effective measure to detect and Abstract Premarital screening is a worldwide activity that aims to diagnose and treat unrecognized disorders and reduce the transmission of diseases to couples and children. This study was aimed at assessing the perception and acceptance of premarital fertility screening among fi nal year students of the college of health sciences, University of Ilorin, Kwara state. A descriptive research design with a structured, self-designed questionnaire was employed in the study to select a sample of 220 fi nal year students purposively. Results showed that the respondents had adequate knolewdge of pre-marital fertility screening but some of the respondents still have negative perception. The majority 79.5% of the respondents were positive about going for premarital fertility screening if it was available. Conclusively, policymakers should implement policies that support hitch-free screening processes. Nurses should comply with ethical principles and be able to health educate people to undergo fertility screening before marriage.
doi:10.17352/jgro.000095 fatcat:mmi2gt6pijbwlmemjohl5euz4u