DENVER — A new study shows a surprisingly high number of women are somewhat in the dark when it comes to conceiving a child.
The study by the Yale University of Medicine used an online survey that tested women’s knowledge about their own reproductive health. They surveyed 1,000 women, ages 18 to 40, across differing races, ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels throughout the country.
Study author Dr. Jessica Illuzzi, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Yale, said the survey was prompted after years of talking to patients at the Yale clinic, who shared stories about friends experimenting with tricks like placing a pillow underneath their hips during sex to increase the likelihood of conception.
Patients and their friends were convinced these tactics worked even though there was no medical science to prove the technique worked.
More than a third of the women surveyed thought using certain positions or elevating their pelvis during intercourse upped the chances of fertilization, according the the study published Monday in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
A large percentage of women, about 60 percent according to the report, believe the best time to conceive is after ovulation. In reality two days before ovulation is actually the “peak window of fertility,” said Illuzzi.
Illuzzi also noted only small differences in knowledge between socioeconomic groups from the survey, indicating more educated women were only slightly more informed.
With a number of other baby-making tactics circulating, Illuzzi encouraged women to seek out information from their doctors and medical websites run by universities or physicians organizations like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists when infertility becomes a concern.