Purpose: Infertility is a complex disorder with significant medical, psychosocial and economic aspects recognized as a public health issue. This study aims to investigate the prevalence of hormonal imbalance in Namibian women.
Methods: This was a retrospective study, analysing female hormonal data from 2015 to 2019 after obtaining ethical approval from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Namibia Institute of Pathology. The medical dada received from NIP were acquired from women aged 16 to 60 years from different hospital wards nationwide.
Results: Results indicated a high prevalence (21.1 %) of hormonal imbalance among Namibian women. An average of 47% of the patients experienced critically high or low thyroid hormone values. The prevalence of imbalanced reproductive hormones was 21.1% of which approximately 20% was contributed by progesterone.
Conclusion: Based on the statistical analysis it can be concluded that the prevalence of hormonal imbalance in Namibian women is significantly high and alarming. The general population of Namibian women have a high risk in developing conditions linked to hormonal imbalance. To better understand the implications of these results further studies should be conducted.