Female infertility of Endocrine Origin in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria


  • Mathias Abiodun Emokpae University of Benin
  • Elohor Ogboru 1.Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin 2. Capitol Hill Clinics/hospital, Warri
  • H Eboh Capital Hill Clinic/Hospital, Warri


Female infertility, endocrine disorders, reproductive age


Background: The causes of female infertility are multifactorial. It is essential to know the contribution of endocrine disorders to infertility in order to develop adequate care pathways for effective diagnosis and monitoring the efficacy of subsequent treatment of affected individuals. Objectives: This study evaluates the hormonal levels of women evaluated for infertility in order to determine the contribution of hormonal abnormalities to the aetiology of female factor infertility. It also correlates age of women with hormonal abnormalities with levels measured hormones. Results: Serum luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), oestrogen (E2), progesterone and prolactin were determined in 330 infertile women aged 38.8±0.5years and 100 fertile women aged 33.3±0.2years by ELISA technique using reagents supplied by Monobind Inc. USA. Hormonal disorders were detected in 130/330(39.4%) of the infertile women. The identified hormonal abnormalities were hyperprolactinaemia 30(23.7%), normo-gonadotropic-normo-oestrogen with anovulation (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) 17(13.08%), hypergonadotropic-hypogonadism 43(33.08%), increased FSH with luteal phase deficiency 16(12.31%), hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism 05(3.84%) and hypergonadotropic-hypogonadism with hyperprolactinaemia 19(14.62%). Serum LH and FSH correlated positively (p<0.005) while progesterone correlated negatively (p<0.05) with age among infertile women with hormonal abnormalities. Conclusion: The reported endocrine disorders in this study are higher than previously reported by our group in Kano, northern Nigeria. Women with infertility should be adequately evaluated in order to achieve successful treatment outcome.

Author Biographies

Mathias Abiodun Emokpae, University of Benin

Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Associate Professor

Elohor Ogboru, 1.Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Benin 2. Capitol Hill Clinics/hospital, Warri

Post Graduate Student, Department of Medical Laboratory Science

H Eboh, Capital Hill Clinic/Hospital, Warri

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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How to Cite

Emokpae, M. A., Ogboru, E., & Eboh, H. (2019). Female infertility of Endocrine Origin in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. The Nigerian Health Journal, 18(2), 72–80. Retrieved from https://www.tnhjph.com/index.php/tnhj/article/view/380

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