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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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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.

5:32PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

I had Irish twins-12 months or less between births. I was nursing-milk dripped all over me when I even saw or heard any baby. Then I nursed and BC. That didn't work either. Then I breast fed, was on BC, and we used condoms. I guess I got pregnant while just fooling around-that was twins. My husband went and got himself snipped. It worked.

I had a thyroid condition, irregular periods, fibroids, and I was still like mama Rabbit. If you're that desperate to get preggers, go find a sailor or marine that has been at sea for 6 weeks. They're packed and loaded with sperm. My husband was a sailor-so I didn't stand a chance of staying unpregnant until he had a doctor go snip-snip. If that offends you, accept that you are doing the world a favor by controlling the population.

3:31PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

With over seven BILLION people on the planet, we really need to learn more about PREVENTING pregnancy more to make sure that all pregnancies are WANTED pregnancies! How many "oopses" are born every year?

I had to laugh at this article, considering that my husband and I "caught" our older daughter during the first month of trying to have a baby! With our second, we were trying NOT to get pregnant (we were using not just one, but TWO kinds of birth control at the same time!), only to get pregnant with her anyway! Which is the third reason I got "spayed" when she was three months old (right behind environmental and financial reasons)-we're just too damn fertile!

12:15PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

thanks for posting

9:58AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

You're kidding, right?

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