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More Students Seeking Advice on Pregnancy amid Virus Spread

More Students Seeking Advice on Pregnancy amid Virus Spread

   Tokyo, May 18 (Jiji Press)--The number of junior and senior high school students seeking consultations about pregnancy is rising in Japan amid prolonged school closures aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
   "With school and extracurricular activities on hold, some home-bound students had opportunities for sex that resulted in unwanted pregnancies," said an official of a private-sector consultation service contacted by students from across the country.
   Jikei Hospital in the southwestern city of Kumamoto, known for its "Konotori no Yurikago" (storks' cradle) baby hatch, where parents can leave their babies anonymously if they have difficulties raising them on their own, has seen a rise in consultation requests from junior and senior high school students since March, when the nationwide school closures began.
   Most of the students who sought consultations were girls, according to the hospital. A student told the hospital she tested positive for pregnancy after having sex at her home during a school closure when her parents were away.
   Even in usual times, requests for consultations about pregnancy from junior and senior high school students tend to increase after long breaks such as summer recess, according to Jikei Hospital and others.

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