How many condoms do you have stored? Whatever number you put back it it won’t be enough if you have kids who will one day have kids. If your a young couple I doubt you’ll have enough, and if you’re a man with a woman who is pre-menopausal you probably won’t have enough either.
This is not to imply that a societal collapse should stop reproduction, but it’s likely you will not want to be bringing a new baby into such a chaotic situation, and to prevent that you either abstain or use birth control.
Humans have sex, make love, get laid, whatever you want to call it for a wide variety of reasons. Reproduction, lust, love, comfort and stress release are just a few of them. In a post-collapse situation, as unsavoury as it might be to consider there is also the possibility of sex being used as payment, or demanded as payment by both men and women and as you may not know the person you don’t know their sexual history.
Sexually transmitted diseases will be rife, just as they have always been rife in any type of collapse, as people seek one of the few comforts left or seek to trade sex for food, shelter or whatever else it is that they require at that point. Condoms are the only thing standing between you and a STD that can rapidly turn into a debilitating infection that in the long term could affect your chance of survival.
In the case of HIV which is treatable with drugs to the point where life expectancy is not reduced if its caught early enough, we will revert to the pre-drug days when HIV turns into AIDS and at that point a minor infection or even a cold can kill as the immune system is too weak to fight back. There will also be an explosion in the number of cases as unprotected sex leads to more and more cases of infection.
For those in stable relationships the risk of infection is massively reduced, or even nullified if both partners have remained faithful but the effect of having a child in such circumstances is something not to be taken lightly when the world is falling part and medical help is most likely unavailable.
Do you have a history of difficult/premature births?
Do you have any knowledge about how to deliver a baby?
Do you have a means of feeding a baby if for some reason you can’t breast feed ?
Do you have enough food in our stores to feed another mouth?
Do you have the ability to clothe that child as it grows?
Will having a baby hamper your ability to move quickly if required?
Will having a baby affect your OPSEC? (Crying)
These are just some of the questions you need to think about before conceiving a child. Your personal circumstances may well throw up many more.
Of course if you are holed up in a well protected rural retreat with a variety of companions, one or more of whom have a medical background many of the issues may well not apply. Let’s face facts though, most people will not be in such a situation.
Under normal circumstances nowhere near all pregnancies are planned but for many people planning when to have a child is the first step towards parenthood. In any kind of crisis situation planning is the key to survival and pregnancy, like every other scenario is something that needs to be thought about very carefully.