Women’s Reproductive Health Concerns and UnKnowns

Many women are still unaware of fertility issues

The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women
The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women.

A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers – published in the last issue of Fertility and Sterility – provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health.

Some of women’s biggest questions about fertility and reproduction:

  • Does having sex more than once a day increase chances of conception?
  • Will specific sexual positions or elevating the pelvis after intercourse make you more likely to become pregnant?
  • Does intercourse need to occur before or after ovulation to optimize conception?
  • Do women keep producing eggs throughout their reproductive years?

Among the findings were:

  • 50% of reproductive-age women had never discussed their reproductive health with a medical provider.
  • 30% of the women reported that they only visited a reproductive health provider less than once a year or not at all.
  • 40% were concerned about their ability to conceive.
  • 50% did not know that multivitamins and folic acid were prescribed to prevent birth defects.
  • More than 25% did not know about the negative effects of sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, smoking or irregular periods.
  • 20% did not know that aging can impact fertility and increase rates of miscarriage.
  • 50% of the women thought that having sex multiple times in a day increased their likelihood of getting pregnant.
  • Over 33% of women thought that different sex positions can increase their odds of getting pregnant.
  • 10% did not know that they should have sex before ovulation to increase the chances of getting pregnant instead of after ovulation.

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