Comorbidities among infertile women at NKST hospital Mkar-Gboko, North-Central Nigeria


  • Jonathan A. Karshima Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • Victor C. Pam Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • Charles U. Anyaka Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • Iornum H. Shambe Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • Maryam J. Ali Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • Bulus A. Dabu Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria



Infertility, Comorbidities, Multidisciplinary care, Central Nigeria


Background:  Infertility, a common, non-fatal ailment, is sometimes associated with substantial comorbidity that can add adverse outcomes during treatment or pregnancy and increase costs of care. This study aims to assess the magnitude and pattern of comorbidities in infertile Nigerian women.

Method: This descriptive retrospective study was undertaken at NKST Hospital Mkar-Gboko, Nigeria, from 1st January 2005 to 31st July 2013. Clinic records of patients who attended the gynaecological outreach clinic were retrieved and analyzed using descriptive statistics and test of associations with Microsoft Excel 2013.  Jos University Teaching Hospital gave ethical clearance.

Results: 1,926 women seen during the study period, 1030 (53.5%) presented for infertility care. 941 (91.4%) women had complete records, among them, 476 (50.5%) met the inclusion criteria, and their records were analyzed. The mean age of the women was 32.6±6.0 years with a range of 20 to 53 years, see Table1. There were 52 comorbid conditions among the 476 women. The comorbidities included uterine myoma, previous appendectomy/pelvic surgeries, genital tract infections/retroviral disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes, among others, see Table 4. Table 2 and 3 shows there is a significant statistical association between comorbidity type, age, parity, duration of infertility and symptoms complex between infertile women and comorbidities (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Comorbidities that can influence treatment and pregnancy outcomes are common among infertile women in central Nigeria. This finding strongly supports the routine assessment of women for comorbidities during infertility care for appropriate multidisciplinary management and counselling.

Author Biography

Jonathan A. Karshima, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

Reader, Lecturer/Consultant


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