FACT OF THE DAY: Without infertility treatment, in some cultures sleeping with someone else may be the only way to get pregnant.
I first came across this idea (see the last paragraph of Post #1 http://pregnancyandchildbirtharoundtheworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/pregnant-or-breastfeeding-for-30-years.html) among the Gusii of Kenya, where large family sizes are so important that if the father becomes impotent or infertile after one or two children he will allow/arrange for his wife to sleep with one of his kinsmen in order to keep having more children.
Of course this strategy can backfire, as is nicely illustrated in this story about a Yoruba doctor (Nigeria)
"A medical doctor reiterated the story of a man with two wives who had only daughters. He had his sperm tested because he wanted a son. His semen appeared to be infertile. The women both, but separately admitted to the doctor that they had their children from other men. The doctor therefore did not say anything to the husband about his infertility."
|A Bena woman with traditional hairstyle|
|Macua women in tradition dress and white facepaint|
"A compound without children is considered a place without pleasure."
|An Ibgo woman and baby ready to go to a wedding|
|An old photo of an Inuit Shaman|
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