Spiritual and Religious Issues of Stigmatization Women with Infertility: A Qualitative Study

Spiritual and Religious Issues of Stigmatization
  • Rukiye Höbek AkarsuEmail author
  • Nezihe Kızılkaya Beji
Original Paper


The purpose of this study is to determine the perceptions of women with infertility on stigma and religious and spiritual issues of stigmatization. The phenomenological method was used for the study consisting of a research sample of 12 women with infertility who were selected through the criterion sampling method. This study found that women related their experience of infertility to stress and the will of God. They were extremely sad and unhappy and went through an exhausting and fearful process. They faced social isolation, spiritual problems when their friends and relatives told other people their story of infertility.


Infertility Religious Spiritualty Stigma Women 


Authors Contribution

RHA conceived, designed and did statistical analysis and editing of manuscript and did review and final approval of manuscript. NKB did data collection and manuscript writing

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors acknowledge the contributions of all patients who took part in the study and thank the clerical staff of the clinic where these data were gathered. There is no conflict of interest between the authors.

Ethical Approval

Ethical approval was acquired from the Ethics Committee of Bozok University (number of decisions: 604-144). Written permission was obtained from the hospital where the study was conducted. “İnformed consent” was obtained from participants the after explaining the study’s aim, plan, and its expectations from the participants. Participation in the study was voluntary. We told the participants that they were free to participate or not participate, that they could withdraw from the study at any point and that they had the right to abstain from providing information. This article oral presentation 1st International East Coast Mediterranean Midwifery Congress.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences, Midwife DepartmentBozok UniverstyYozgatTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing DepartmentBiruni UniverstyİstanbulTurkey

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