Lockdown – A boon for infertile couples


Imphal: The ongoing nationwide lockdown in India to contain the spread of COVID-19 has become a boon in disguise for many infertile couples in Manipur. Dr. James Elangbam, a gynecologist & infertility specialist, has found out that many couples have naturally conceived during the lockdown period.

He was surprised to find out that 8 of his patients have naturally conceived during the lockdown. He said that most of them were undergoing treatment for various infertility problems while some of them have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year without success. The average age of these patients is 36/37 years.

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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 conceived naturally only after the clinic reopened due to relaxations in lockdown norms.

On asking for the possible reasons for such development, Dr. James said that due to 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.

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In a similar incident, infertility experts in Pune were surprised to find out that 9 patients conceived naturally during the lockdown. It may be mentioned that UNICEF has projected that approximately 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 shared positive impacts of lockdown on environment and ecosystem. Flamingos were flocking in large numbers in Navi Mumbai, Bihar, Punjab and Delhi and many other North Indian states waking up in the morning with a view of snow clad Himalayas and Mount Everest.

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Now, the lockdown has also become a boon in disguise for infertile couples who were longing for child as well.


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