Abstract:

There is a shocking and an obscure impact of the current global pandemic on reproductive health and family planning services of people, especially women. According to some recent studies, there has been a massive reduction in using contraceptives' services. This reduction has led to unsafe abortions, unplanned pregnancies, or in sometimes maternal deaths. The World Health Organization, in a survey of 103 countries, said two-thirds of it has limitations in family planning and contraceptive services. The pandemic is increasing inequalities with each passing day, has a fear of pushing many girls to lose the ability and freedom to plan their families and their own individual health. It is also feared that 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of ending unmet needs of family planning, ending all preventable maternal deaths etc. would now become even more challenging. The source of data collection is secondary, use of the WHO data, UNFPA, NFHS, PFI, government reports, academic research papers, etc. In some parts of India, it is reported that the supply chain of reproductive health services has been limited, upended, considered non-essential and the quite high fair of costing. In India, where there is an enormous chunk of population lives in low economic setting and rural areas, free contraceptives were out of stock. Presently poor families have low economic stability and implication of these increased unplanned pregnancies both on women's health and economic condition is tragic. Thus, the paper tries to examine the various factors like economic, social and cultural in explaining the current status of women's health and sexuality during this pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Contraception, Women Health.

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