Wanting to get pregnant and getting pregnant are two different things, and a recent Yale study has proved that 50% of the women at a child bearing age from US are far from being properly informed regarding fertility and conception. In fact, the study has proven that the half of the women lack proper information when reproduction health is concerned and also base their odds of a future pregnancy on misconceptions rather than on medical information.
Worrisome Study Facts
The study was based on an online survey filled by 1000 women with ages between 18 and 40 from all ethnic and geographic areas, during March 2013. To the surprise of the scientists the study proved that half of these women never discussed they reproductive health with their health care provider and over a quarter of them have visited a reproductive medical provider only once a year or never, prior to their attempt to conceive.
40 % of the interviewed women were unaware or misinformed about how STD’s and irregular menstruation affect the chances of conceiving and how ovulation, smoking, alcohol and obesity can affect their fertility. Also, most of these women were worried about their ability to conceive but never discussed the matter with a professional.
Lack of Awareness
Lubna Pal, the study author, expressed her concern about women not having the basic knowledge of feminine biology. Most of the young participants to the study had no idea how ovulation is vital for conception, which are the signs indicating it and how does its occurrence influence the chances of becoming pregnant.
We would think that with so much information around, women would be more connected to the realistic facts regarding conception. Instead, most of them did not know that multiple intercourse during a day don’t increase the odds of conception but rather the opposite because sperm count goes down with every ejaculation.
Although a lot of women consider that specific sex positions influence the fertility, you should know that gravity is not an aiding factor when conceiving is concerned. Pal underlined the fact that there is no proof that one position is better than the other.
STD’s and Diet
Most women participating in the study strongly believed that being overweight and having an STD sometimes in their life can’t influence their fertility. These are in fact pure myths and all women should know that anything affecting your health also affects your ability to conceive.
Ovulation Date and Age Factor
Only 10% of the women knew that intercourse should happen before ovulation and that they can monitor their body to determine the optimal time with LH tests they can use at home.
Another misconception women have is that they produce eggs throughout their whole life, when in fact growing old minimizes the chances of pregnancy due to the fact that the number of eggs decreases with every year.