Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on reproductive activity in Rivers state


  • Barinua K. Gbaranor Department of Human Physiology, College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Humphrey N. Agara Department of Medical Biochemistry, College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Onisojime M. Alasia Department of Pharmacology, College of Medical Sciences, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
  • William A. Mube Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Iboroma Dumoateli Department of Human Anatomy, College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Blessing Z. Ovili-Odili Department of Human Physiology, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Sofiri S. Peterside Department of Community Medicine, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Vivian I. Ile Department of Family Medicine, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria




Effect, COVID-19, Reproductive activity, Lockdown


Background: Reproductive activity is an important biological process that always take place between married and unmarried couples across the globe. The study was carried out to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on reproductive activity during and post-lockdown in Rivers state. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on reproductive activity during and post-lockdown in Rivers state.

Methods: A well-structured questionnaire containing demographics and effect of COVID-19 on reproductive activity were administered to participants. Each participant had one questionnaire to fill appropriately and independently after instructions were given to them by the researchers.

Results: The study revealed that 57.58% (57/99) of the participants were between the ages 16-20, 58.82% (60/102) were single and 99.03% (102/103) of the participants (women) have unprotected sexual intercourse during COVID-19 lockdown. 99.03% (102/103) the participants engaged in unprotected sex because the pharmacist’s stores were closed. The study also shows that 43.69% (103) have the urge for sex due to inactivity and 76.60% (102) of the participants got pregnant and 96.25% (77/80) of the pregnancy were not planned. 51.29% (41/80) of the participants aborted the pregnancy and 92.68% (38/41) 0f the women who got pregnant did not attend antenatal clinic.

Conclusions: A total number of 103 respondents participated in the research. 76.6% of the population got pregnant during the lockdown for different reasons and most of the participants were singles and did not plan for the pregnancy.



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