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So where do babies come from? According to a recent online survey conducted by Yale University, numerous women across the country aren’t quite sure of the basics.
Out of the 1,000 women (who were between the ages of 18 and 40) surveyed online, a number of them had the mistaken beliefs about the following concepts:
50 percent of the women believed having sex more than once a day would increase their chances of conceiving. (It doesn’t.)
More than one-third believed certain sexual positions would also increase their chances of becoming pregnant. (It doesn’t.)
About 20 percent had no idea that age causes a challenge when it comes to getting pregnant. (Sadly, it can.)
30 percent were oblivious to the fact that a sexually transmitted disease can hinder fertility. (Really, ladies?)
20 percent were unaware that obesity could also negatively affect fertility. (Yes, another downfall to obesity.)
40 percent had no clue that ovulation takes place 14 days before the next period. (Always has, always will.)
And, 40 percent of the women surveyed where under the impression that women continue to make new eggs during their fertile years. (Our supply was determined the day we came into this world.)
The only positive untruth study experts discovered as a result of this survey — women overestimated their risk of infertility. (40 percent of the women worried about having this problem while “just” 10 percent of the population suffers from it.)
“This was a highly concerning finding, that in a country such as United States, and in a population which is Internet savvy, a significant proportion of women are really not aware of the basics,” said study researcher Dr. Lubna Pal, associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University, as reported by LiveScience.
In this day and age, these misconceptions (no pun intended) are quite surprising. One the one hand, thanks to our access to everything 24/7, we seem to be inundated with information. And yet, we are so uninformed. The take-home lessons from this Yale study: 1) Do research, 2) ask questions, and 3) don’t believe everything you read, especially online…except for this article.