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Table 2 Summary of themes and subthemes obtained from content analysis

From: Perceptions, expectations and challenges among men during in vitro fertilization treatment in a low resource setting: a qualitative study

Theme Subthemes
1. Societal influence on IVF treatment experience Stigma associated with seeking IVF treatment
Loss of masculine identity
2. Social support during IVF treatment Spousal support
Support from friends
3. Feeling insignificant Biased encounters with IVF staff
Undefined roles
4. Financial burden  
5. IVF as an emotional bridge
6. Inadequate sensitization
7. Fear of treatment failure.