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Doctor Sets Out To Divorce Infertility From Tajik Cultural Taboos

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

"It seemed everyone around me, all my friends, were having children," Sharif Halimov recalls, "but my wife couldn't get pregnant."

Traditionally, the solution to the Tajik man's fatherhood dilemma has been a simple one -- find a new wife.

But while the truth was tough to handle -- the 36-year-old military officer admits "his masculinity was hurt" when it was first suggested that he, not his wife, was likely responsible for the couple's infertility -- Halimov is glad he listened to the doctor.

Thanks in part to medical treatment, Halimov and his wife now have plenty of mouths to feed: Nargis, their biological 1-year-old daughter; and 5-year-old Nafisa, whom the couple adopted from a Dushanbe orphanage.

"I think no one here has my patience. I went to many doctors, I tried traditional medicine, and I also prayed to god," he says.

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Doctor Sets Out To Divorce Infertility From Tajik Cultural Taboos

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