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Most Women Don’t Know How to Get Pregnant, Study Finds

Most Women Don’t Know How to Get Pregnant, Study Finds

Think you know how to make ababy? Think again. Some surprising new research shows that most women don’t really know the first thing about how it’s done. Ask any woman who has ever tried to conceive a baby and she will tell you that the world is full of advice. From sexual positions, to timing, to diet – books, the Internet, and social circles are filled with tricks and tips for how to get it done. But how much of that advice is really based on science?

Not much.

According to a new study published in the journalFertility and Sterility, researchers found that the vast majority of women aged 18 to 40 had no clue how to get pregnant. For instance, more than one-third of women thought that elevating the pelvis or using certainsexual positions could boost a woman’s chance ofconception. Only 10 percent of women knew that the best time to have sex in order to conceive is actually right before ovulation – not after. And contrary to what many of the women thought, frequent sex is also not a good idea for womentrying to conceive as the more often a man ejaculates, the lower his sperm count will be.

For the study, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine sent an online survey to about 1000 women of various races, ethnic groups, and socio-economic levels. They found that most of the women in the study had big gaps of knowledge in how to make a baby. And these gaps were consistent regardless of a woman’s education level or economic status.

Aside from the actual “mechanics” of baby-making, the study also found that many women did not realize that the best time to start taking folic acid is one month before conception in order to prevent birth defects. Nor did they understand that obesity, smoking, irregular periods, and sexually transmitted diseases could significantly decrease a woman’s fertility.

Want to know the straight scoop about how to make a baby? Researchers suggest that you skip the internet forums and old wives’ tales and talk to your health care provider for advice.

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article written by Jenn Savedge

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5:24PM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

I was married for 6 years with out any child,because of this my husband start acting very strange at home,coming home late and not spending time with me any more.So i became very sad and lost in life because my doctor told me there is no way for me to get pregnant this really make life so hard for me and my family.my sister in law told me about
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1:25AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Ask the teenagers if you don't know, they seem to know all about it :)

1:24AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Ask the teenagers if you don't know, they seem to know all about it :)

12:41AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

I was married for 6 years with out any child,because of this my husband start acting very strange at home,coming home late and not spending time with me any more.So i became very sad and lost in life because my doctor told me there is no way for me to get pregnant this really make life so hard for me and my family.my sister in law told me about
dr inegbedion from the Internet,how he has helped people with this similar problem that i am going through so i contacted him and explain to him.he cast a spell and it was a miracle three days later my husband came back to apologize for all he has done and told me
he is fully ready to support me in any thing i want,few month later i got pregnant and gave birth to twins (girls) but lost one to death,all the same am happy with my husband, i am with the second pregnancy now, am just too happy for what Dr inegbedion did in my life we are happy with ourselves. Thanks to (Dr.inegbedion) for saving my home and for saving me from the shame of those who mock at me . continue your good work Dr inegbedion, i may not have any thing to thank you with but i know my good lord will bless you for me. If you are interested in his good work you can contact him, the great spell caster email address is drinegbedionspellhome@outlook.com you can also call him @ +2348143101585 try him and see thing for your self.

8:27PM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Rather amazing that there are babies made considering how uninformed this study says we are.

1:13PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

How sad is this article? If they don't know how to get pregnant, that means that most are also so ill informed that they don't know how to KEEP from getting pregnant? Any wonder that we have a multitude of teen pregnancies and grandmothers raising another generation? Obviously our wonderful sex education program in the US is not doing its job.

3:01AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

So, why do we have overpopulation?

2:53AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

thanks for sharing

2:38AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

interesting but we actually need to reduce human population growth not increase it

6:12PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Yes, that's why there are so many people on the planet, why so many teenage girls get knocked up, because they don't know how (tongue -in-cheek) More like they don't know (or care) how not to get pregnant.

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