This paper investigates the association between sexual abuse during childhood and female adult infertility. The initial purpose of this study is to determine if the two experiences share a correlational or causational relationship. Raw data on the incidence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is drawn from sources such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A number of peer-reviewed scientific articles provide information on subjects including the following: female infertility, genital abnormalities resulting from CSA, and techniques used in the clinical examination of victims of sexual abuse. A few case studies of survivors of CSA will highlight the lived experience of such an individual, ensuring that the personal nature of the traumatic events are not lost within the scientific narrative.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-8-2020


Dr. Lisa Day

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Appalachian Studies and Women & Gender Studies

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars


Biological Sciences