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.
- The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women
Yale News, 27 Jan 2014
- Study shows many women confused about reproductive health, FoxNews, 27 Jan 2014
- Reproductive Health Is A Confusing Issue For Many Women, Survey Finds, HuffPost Women, 27 Jan 2014
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