Baby bust: coronavirus lockout discourages people from having children rather than leading to expected baby boom, study finds
- A third of people planning to have a baby postponed their parenting plan
- Fifty-eight percent of people cited reason as a concern for future money
- However, the study also found little impact on the amount of sexual activity
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People hoping to have babies are delaying their dreams of parenting because of the lingering uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
A survey found that more than a third of people (37%) who hoped to have a child soon suspended these plans due to the pandemic.
Research by the University of Florence also found that more than 80% of all respondents – including those who planned and did not plan to have children – did not plan to conceive during the COVID-19 crisis. .
Experts had previously predicted a lock-induced baby boom due to long periods of time alone with a partner and little to do to make up for the time.
The study found changing approaches to parenting due to the pandemic, but it also found that it did not stop cohabiting lovers from engaging in intimacy.
Participants reported no drop in libido as the frequency of lockout appointments remained the same as before the COVID-19 epidemic.
Survey found that more than a third of people (37%) who hoped to have a child soon suspended plans due to the pandemic (stock)
Almost 60 percent expressed concern about economic hardship and any potential consequences for pregnancy due to the disease.
The main author, IVF specialist Dr. Elisabetta Micelli, says that mental well-being affects the desire to have a baby.
She explained: “The impact of quarantine on the perception of the stability and tranquility of the general population is alarming.
“In our study sample, the majority of participants gave significantly higher total scores for their mental well-being before the pandemic, while the lowest scores were reported in responses to COVID-19.
“We sought to assess whether the concerns and concerns related to the pandemic affect the desire to become a parent among couples who were already planning to have a child or whether quarantine encourages the desire to reproduce.”
“What we discovered were the main reasons why people did not want to conceive, including concerns about future economic hardship and the consequences for pregnancy.”
Of 1,482 participants surveyed online, 1,214, or 82%, did not intend to conceive during the pandemic crisis.
The shock results were based on 944 women and 538 men aged 18 to 46 who had been in a stable heterosexual relationship for at least one year.
Research by the University of Florence found that more than 80% of all respondents – including those who planned and did not plan to have children – do not plan to conceive during the COVID-19 crisis ( stock)
Vogue Survey Finds American Couples Have Less Sex in Quarantine
The couples admitted that they actually had less sex in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic despite the time sufficient to be physically intimate while being quarantined at home.
When Vogue asked people to open up about their sex lives during the global crisis, many interviewees said their libidos had plummeted due to growing anxiety about the new virus and the collapse of the economy .
“ I thought my husband and I were going to have a ton of sex with all the time we spent together and unemployed and underemployed, but we have probably had sex twice since it all started ”, Nicky, 38, told the publication.
The creative director, who is in her fifth year of marriage, added that they “were definitely close and cuddly”, but that “there was not much action”.
Nicholas, a 27-year-old publicist, said he and his five-year-old boyfriend drank more alcohol, but that didn’t translate into more sex.
It was performed during the third week of solitary confinement in Italy, reports the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Researchers say that some people may worry that waiting for a better time to have children may eat in an already declining fertility window.
They hypothesize that many people consider the risk to be too great to take and fear of infertility outweighs concerns about the consequences of COVID-19.
While those seriously considering childhood may be put off by the coronavirus pandemic, 140 (11.5%) of study participants found that the extra thinking time had sparked a new desire for parenthood.
More specifically, the wish was expressed mainly by women. However, only six of the 140 attempted to get pregnant during this period.
Dr. Micelli said: “Interestingly, although almost half of the people did not refer to any interruption in their professional activity and no change in wages, probably due to the” smart work “adaptation strategy , more than 40% reported a disturbing reduction in monthly profits.
“Remarkably, the fear of imminent and future economic instability has led those seeking pregnancy to stop their intention in 58% of the cases.”
Co-author Dr Gianmartin Cito added: “ Again, the fear of the consequences on pregnancy in addition to the economic impact on families is probably the reason why almost the entire group of couples who began to express unexpectedly a desire for parenthood during quarantine did not translate this. dream in concrete attempt.
But there was little change in the levels of sexual activity. No reduction was reported in two-thirds of those who had not planned to become parents.
Six out of ten couples who were already involved in reproductive attempts continued – and reported no less than sexual intercourse.