Imphal, May 24 :
The prolonged lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic turns out to be a boon for infertile couple, report a news portal “Pothashang”, quoting gynecologist & infertility specialist Dr. James Elangbam.
“Many couples have naturally conceived during the lockdown period”, the news portal Pothashang quoted Dr. James Elangbam.
The report said that Dr. James found 8 of his patients have naturally conceived during the lockdown. He said most of them were undergoing treatment for various infertility problems. Some of them have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year without success. The average age of these persons are 36/37 years.
Dr. James Elangbam, who is running an infertility clinic in Imphal, said that the clinic was closed for more than one and half months due to the lockdown and his patients could not continue/complete their treatments. He found out that these couples got naturally conceive only after the clinic reopen due to the relaxations in lockdown norms.
On asking the possible reasons for such development, Dr. James said that due lockdown people are confined in their homes and couples have more time to spend together. With no work load, people are less stressed and are free of anxiety and these could be the reasons for such development.
In a similar incident, infertility experts in Pune were surprised to find out 9 patients getting conceived naturally during the lockdown.
It may be mentioned that UNICEF has projected that 20 million children will be born in India in 9 months after the lockdown for COVID-19.
Certainly, the COVID-19 lockdown has many benefits, particularly to our environment. We have heard so many stories on news and social media platforms where people across the globe sharing positive impact of lockdowns on environment and ecosystem. Flamingos were flocking in large numbers in Navi Mumbai and Bihar, Punjab, Delhi and many other North Indian states waking up in the morning with view of snow clad Himalayas and Mount Everest.
Now, the lockdown has also become a boon in disguise for infertile couples who were longing for child as well.
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