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When people think "recession," some things that come to mind may be plummeting stocks and the long, slow slide into crippling depression. But self-loathing and sales of canned tuna aren't the only things on the rise. Unable to spend money on bars, restaurants and trips to the movies, people are opting for a cheaper form of entertainment: anxiety-fueled sex!

Apparently the recession's effect is similar to that of a blizzard: Stuck inside, bored, and stressed, sex offers immediate wallet-friendly solace. But there have been a few unintended consequences, too.

Waiting rooms across the country are steadily filling with pregnant women, prompting obstetricians to wonder if there's a baby boomlet on the way. While sex may be cheaper than, say, an evening at a hot, new restaurant, birth control and trips to the OB/GYN still cost money. And although a little physical gratification is a good way to combat stress and depression, unwanted children are an extremely reliable way of amplifying them. Perhaps it is better to just stick with the canned tuna.

Recession 'entertainment' may beget new baby boom [USA Today]