EC Gynaecology

Case Report Volume 12 Issue 4 - 2023

Parenthood Aspirations and Sexual Orientation in Sub-Saharan Africa

VM Lema*

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vice President of ECSACOG, Nairobi, Kenya

*Corresponding Author: VM Lema, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vice President of ECSACOG, Nairobi, Kenya.
Received: March 02, 2023; Published: March 23, 2023

There is a belief that same-sex couples such as lesbians, by nature of their sexual orientation, do not desire or intend to have children of their own. However, parenthood is a very much cherished life goal, and the aspirations thereto transcends ones sexual orientation.

The proportions of lesbians out of total female populations have increased across all races globally over the recent past due to societal transformations among other factors. Many of the lesbians are young, fertile and some have parenthood aspirations. There are numerous reports and publications on lesbians intending to have or with children mainly from developed countries.

There is a yawning paucity of published data about parenthood aspirations among lesbians/lesbian families, considered as one of the “new family forms”, from Sub-Saharan Africa.

This paper reviews the literature on parenthood aspirations among lesbians in discussing two cases of lesbian couples desiring/intending to have children, managed by the author in his private clinic in a major cosmopolitan city in East Africa. It discusses the various approaches to achieving the goal, challenges thereto, and highlights the role of health care professionals in the care of such individuals in our context.

Keywords: Parenthood Aspirations; Sexual Orientation; Sub-Saharan Africa

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VM Lema. Parenthood Aspirations and Sexual Orientation in Sub-Saharan Africa. EC Gynaecology 12.4 (2023): 64-70.