Social consequences of vesico-vaginal fistula in northern Nigeria

J Biosoc Sci. 1981 Apr;13(2):139-50. doi: 10.1017/s0021932000013304.


PIP: The social consequences to the patient who suffers from vesico-vaginal fistula are discussed. Patients are mainly young, come from subsistence farming backgrounds, are often considered to have brought shame on their families, and frequently lose their husband's support, especially if their condition is of long standing. In a society that places a high value on childbearing they have little hope for the future.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female / etiology
  • Nigeria
  • Obstetric Labor Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Social Isolation
  • Urinary Incontinence / etiology
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula / complications
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula / etiology
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula / psychology*