You wouldn’t normally associate fertility with natural disasters, but we discovered a recent article on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website that does just that. Atlanta, GA, experienced a crippling ice storm in January, 2011. In October, area hospitals reported a significant increase in the birth rate. More births nine months later.
“When the electricity goes out and you get iced in, boredom sets in. So you think, there’s nothing to do. One thing leads to another and nine months later, you see an increase in the birth rate.”
Read the complete ajc.com article online.
In San Diego, we aren’t likely to suffer from an ice storm, but there is a lesson in this news item you can use to your advantage without experiencing a natural disaster. For example, could you create your own “natural disaster weekend,” where you “strand yourself” in your home without distractions? If you turn off cell phones, unplug the TV, disconnect the Internet, and lock the door, would you and your partner experience the fecundity mentioned in the article?
We don’t have an answer, but we think it may be worth a try. Intimacy, after all, is the first step toward a San Diego fertility increase.