US National Institute of Health conducted research by Ayoola, Zandee, Adams in 2016*.
The purpose of the study was to examine women’s knowledge the following:
- female body
- reproductive anatomy
- reproductive hormones and their functions
- menstrual cycle
- Changes associated with the reproductive cycle
- Signs of pregnancy
A survey was completed by 125 women of childbearing age.
- Less than 1/3 knew about the reproductive hormones.
- 80 % knew their reproductive anatomy.
- 69 % were not keeping a log to track their menstrual cycle.
- 54 % did not know when their next menstruation would be.
- 50 % did not know the average number of days for a regular menstrual cycle.
- 48 % did not know what ovulation is.
- 68 % did not know the ovulation timing.
- 80 % did not know the number of eggs released from an ovary each month.
- 62 % did not know how long an egg or sperm could live in a woman’s body.
Even with all the available information many women know very little about what it takes to get pregnant.
menstrual cycle; reproductive education; unintended pregnancy