The Conceptualisation of Infertility by Bapedi Elders of Moletjie Moshate in Limpopo Province, South Africa (77266)

Session Information:

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 15:30
Session: Poster Session 2
Room: Orion Hall (5F)
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

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This study explores the conceptualisation of infertility by Bapedi elders of Moletjie Moshate, in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study adopted the Afrocentric framework as its theoretical framework and an indigenous exploratory research design was used as a methodological paradigm. Twelve elders were selected through purposive sampling, and the data was collected by using the conversational data collection method. The collected data was analysed through narrative data analysis method. The findings demonstrate that infertility is divided into two types, namely: boopa and phatsa which refer to primary and secondary infertility respectively. The findings reveal that Bapedi elders conceptualise infertility as a condition that is both natural and acquired. To intervene, it was established that herbs and conversional methods such as go hlatswa dirope are employed. Furthermore, there are ceremonies such as go phasa badimo (appeasing the ancestors) as a way to prevent and treat infertility. The study notes that the conceptualisation of infertility was mostly focused on females. However, based on this, it can be inferred that infertility has its own set of family dynamics and challenges that have ramifications for family functioning. Thus, given the African culture and beliefs about infertility it is imperative that the impact of infertility in families be studied, extensively in order to provide family oriented interventions.

Lethabo Muila, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
Lesiba Baloyi, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Muila is currently a Clinical Psychologist and a PhD candidate at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa.

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