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Many Women Remain Confused About Reproductive Health

About half of American women who are of reproductive age don't discuss reproductive issues with their doctors, compounding some misinformation and confusion around fertility and pregnancy, according to new research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.  More from

As a result, the researchers, from the Yale School of Medicine, found that women between ages 18 and 40 weren't aware of some the important factors that influence fertility and their ability to get pregnant, as well as about basic prenatal practices once they were expecting.

Among the most notable findings, which were published in the journal, Fertility & Sterility :

  • 30% of the women reported that they only visited a reproductive health provider less than once a year or not at all.
  • 50% of the women did not know that taking multivitamins and folic acid are recommended to avoid birth defects.
  • A little over 25% of women did not know that things like STDs, smoking and obesity impact fertility.
  • 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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