Women’s reproductive health at a greater risk due to the outbreak of the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a great threat to the human race, not only did it damage the livelihood of millions of people across the globe but it has also shed light upon the ill-preparedness of the health-care system and the governments. Although the governments and the health-care system are working tirelessly to control the spread of the virus but they are failing to respond to the women’s reproductive health care.

One of the less noticed impacts of this deadly virus is on women’s reproductive and sexual health. There has been an alarming increase in the number of newborn and maternal deaths, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortions.

It is very much true that men are likely to be at a higher risk of being affected by this deadly virus but on the societal level, the coronavirus has become a major problem to  women. Women in several countries are becoming victims of domestic violence, and most importantly they lack the decision making power in their own reproductive and sexual health.  If women continue to be denied access to  sexual and reproductive care then experts are predicting that there will be a sharp rise in the number of unwanted pregnancies and even unsafe abortions. People from the LGBT, adolescence, those with disabilities and those living in extreme poverty, women in abusive relationship and  refugees are the ones who are being denied access to essential  health care and social support. The access to the contraceptives have also been reduced due to the coronavirus. With the closure of schools and colleges, young women who receive contraceptions on college/ school campuses are facing difficulties. Young women and girls who often visit their general practitioners are also facing problems as many as limiting in-person visits. As women are restricted to meet with their general practitioners, this creates a barrier to reach out to oral contraceptives.

In order to meet the needs of women, there should be an equal distribution of decision making power in the healthcare.       - Akhila kakarala and Pic Courtsey: pixabay.com