Why infertility still attracts stigma in Kenya

It is common to hear stories of famous figures in Kenya struggling with reproductive issues.

Some of these celebrities have been vocal about being trolled on social media due to their own struggles with infertility.

One such celebrity who spoke out about her fertility issues is Gospel Musician Kambua who recently showed her baby bump on an Instagram post to the elation of her followers.

Kambua who had been unable to have children years into her marriage had previously said that people do not sympathize with women struggling with infertility.

“It so unfortunate that we become such a culture of being so intrusive and putting people down. Shamming each other on things like that. I would wish that people would be sensitised,” Kambua told Eve Woman in 2018.

Kambua’s statement is not the only one as other women such as Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo have also spoken about being ridiculed for not having children.

The statements by these women shows that Kenyan families and societies are not having a conversation about infertility.

This means that women who experience infertility do not know who to talk to or are afraid of seeking help due to the shame associated with this biological issue.

In a bid to help couples faced with infertility challenges, Millie introduced the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill 2016 that seeks to help persons unable to give birth through natural ways.

However, the bill which also proposes the establishment of an authority to govern IVF and surrogacy has not yet gone through.

Kenya still needs to come up with ways to deal with infertility to restore broken homes and also deal with negativity that women with reproductive issues face.

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