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Table 1 Demographic and reproductive health characteristics of patients attending the infertility clinic at Mulago hospital

From: Prevalence and factors associated with use of herbal medicine among women attending an infertility clinic in Uganda

C haracteristics Ever used herbs n = 198 (%) Never used herbs n = 62 (%) Totals n = 260 (%) Crude OR/95% CI P–value
Age (years)      
≤30years 158 (78.8%) 34 (54.8) 192 (73.8) 1 <0.01
>30 years 40 (20.2%) 28 (45.2) 68 (26.2) 0.31 (0.17 - 0.57)  
Education level      
≤ primary 93 (47.0) 12 (19.4) 105 (40.4) 1 <0.01
≥ secondary 105 (53.0) 50 (80.6) 155 (59.6) 0.27 (0.14 - 0 .54)  
Religion      
Protestant 78 (39.4) 18 (29.0) 96 (36.9) 1  
Catholic 46 (23.2) 30 (48.4) 76 (29.2) 0.35 (0.18 - 0.71) 0.003
Moslem 53 (26.8) 11 (17.7) 64 (24.6) 1.11 (0.47 - 2.54) 0.802
Born again 21 (10.6) 3 (4.9) 24 (9.3) 1.625 (0.43- 6.01) 0.474
Marital status      
Not married 30 (15.2) 23 (37.1) 53 (20.4) 1 <0.01
Single 168 (88.8) 39 (62.9) 207 (79.6) 3.30 (1.73- 6.30)  
Type of marriage*      
Monogamous 95 (56.6) 27 (69.2) 122 (58.9) 1 0.15
Polygamous 73 (43.4) 12 (30.8) 85 (41.1) 1.73 (.82- 3.64)  
Ever conceived      
No (1º infertility) 53 (26.8) 35 (56.5) 88 (33.8) 1 <0.01
Yes (2º infertility 145 (73.2) 27 (43.5) 172 (72.2) 3.55 (1.96- 6.41)  
Infertility duration (in Years)      
1–3 years 72 (36.4) 30 (48.4) 102 (39.2) 1 0.09
> 3 years 126 (63.6) 32 (51.6) 158 (60.8) 1.64 (.92- 2.92)  
Duration with partner (in years)**      
1–3 years 91 (46.9) 20 (37.0) 111 (42.7) 1 0.20
> 3 years 103 (53.1) 30 (63.0) 133 (57.3) 1.64 (.92- 2.92)  
Distance from hospital (in KM)      
≤5 km 81 (40.9) 18 (29.0) 99 ( 38.1) 1  
6-10 km 72 (36.4) 28 (45.2) 100 (38.5) 0.57 (0.29 - 1.12) 0.103
>11 km 45 (22.7) 16 (25.8) 61 (23.4) 0.63 (0.29 - 1.34) 0.229
Ever used herbs for other health problem      
Yes 143 (72.2) 40 (64.5) 183 ( 70.4) 1 0.25
No 55 (27.8) 22 (35.5) 77 ( 29.6) 0.70 (0.38-1.28)  
Changed partner      
Yes 134 (67.7) 38 (61.3) 172 (66.2) 1 0.35
No 64 (32.3) 24 (38.7) 88 (33.8) 0.76 (0.42 - 1.37)  
Herbal use disclosure      
Yes 68 (34.3) 26(41.9) 94 (36.2) 1 0.28
No 130 (65.7) 36 (58,1) 166 (63.8) 0.72 (0.40-1.23)  
  1. *Only married women answered this question.
  2. **16 women were divorced were not currently in any form of relationship.
  3. Km means Kilometers.
  4. OR means Odds ratios.
  5. CI Means Confidence intervals.