Greece: reduced births due to economic crisis, doctors say

Both planned and unplanned pregnancies down in recent years

29 September, 15:33

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 29 - After more than six years, the crisis in Greece has even spread to the bedroom, scientists claimed on Friday, with sexual activity listed as the latest victim of the economic malaise as Ana-Mpa reported.

    Obstetricians and gynaecologists at a press conference for World Contraception Day (Wcd) reported that both planned and unplanned pregnancies were fewer in Greece in recent years, but not because of an increased awareness of contraception but as a result of less action between the sheets. "The reduction in abortions is not due to awareness about contraception but a reduction in the Greek population's sexual activity," said Professor of Obstetrics-Gynaecology at Athens University and head of the Aretaio Hospital Obstetric and Gynaecological Clinic Dr. Georgios Kreatsas. He said that this was a direct result of the psychological impact of the crisis and an increase in stress, anxiety and insecurity that reduced the libido.

    According to Kreatsas, the lack of proper sex education and awareness of contraception in Greece was reflected by the findings of a survey conducted by Athens University, in which 48% of young people said they obtained their information on sexual issues from the Internet, 32% from friends and only 7% from health professionals. Deputy Health Minister Katerina Papakosta also addressed the press conference, focusing on preventative medical care for women and noting that Greek society was still plagued by taboos and prejudices surrounding sex education matters. She asked for the assistance of the Church to overcome these and to convince Greek women of the necessity of screening tests, such as mammograms and smear tests for cervical cancer. Established in 2007, WCD's mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.


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