Suba North Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo says she receives insults from different people over her inability to bear children.
Speaking during an interview with NTV, Ms. Odhiambo said she is a victim of the social stigma that women struggling with infertility are put through by members of the society.
“In my community, people even have names for people who cannot have babies. Some people call me “Lur”, which means a barren woman,” said Odhiambo.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP further explained that some online users resort to insulting her over her inability to bear kids whenever she disagrees with their opinions.
“The people I disagree with end up telling me that is why God has not blessed me with children,” said noted.
Millie, who has never been afraid of talking about her struggle with infertility, has been on forefront pushing for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment to be made cheaper and accessible in Kenya.
She pointed out that the reason why infertility is a major issue in Kenya is that IVF is expensive and most families cannot afford.
“The cost of IVF ranges from Sh300,000 to Sh1,000,000 per IVF Therapy and each couple is required to have an average of 3 cycles of treatment,” said Millie, adding that an embryo transfer costs up to about Sh350,000 in Kenya.