A new survey of 2,000 women found this one in ten failed to correctly identify a diagram of a woman's reproductive system.
The survey examined their anatomical knowledge of women's reproductive systems and found that there are some huge gaps when it comes to what women know about their own bodies.
Almost one in four misidentified the vagina and 46% could not properly identify the cervix.
More than the half (59%) also identified the uterus as a different part of the body.
The survey on behalf of INTIMINA and conducted by OnePoll, respondents asked what the menstrual cycle was in their own words, and the results varied widely.
One respondent wrote that the menstrual cycle "got rid of bacteria" while another described it as a "periodic body reset button".
Another woman said "I think how we pee" and another thought it was "detoxifying the female body".
If respondents were presented with different possible definitions of the menstrual cycle, almost a quarter chose the wrong answer, "The process a woman goes through to shed excess blood."
Sixty-three percent were able to correctly identify the menstrual cycle as "the monthly changes a woman's body goes through in preparation for a possible pregnancy".
Beyond the menstrual cycle, women seemed equally confused by menopause. One in ten thought menopause simply meant a woman was in her forties and 13% thought it was a woman skipping a menstrual cycle.
Nearly two in five (38%) want to know the facts about menopause and perimenopause, and that's the only thing women should know more about.
Fifty-seven percent of the women surveyed admitted that they do not know as much about the anatomy of women as they should.
Forty-two percent I wish they had a better understanding of what the various organs in the reproductive system are doing.
About a third (35%) want to know when a woman is her most fertile and three in ten (29%) want a breakdown of the different stages of pregnancy.
Danela Žagar, INTIMINA Global Brand Manager said:
A woman's reproductive system is one of the most complex systems in the body. It is important to take steps to protect it from infection and injury, and to avoid health problems, not only physical but also mental. The fact that almost one in four women in the survey misidentified the vagina and 46% failed to correctly identify the cervix shows that we need to keep the public informed about how the reproductive system, its monthly processes, and hormonal changes affect life can affect a woman. Only when we understand how our bodies work can we understand potential health changes and problems that can arise.
When asked who they blame for their lack of knowledge, one of three (36%) said teachers during 28% accuse their parents.
One in four (27%) said their lack of knowledge was due to government educational standards or religious organizations (24%).
All of this lack of knowledge has the potential for real consequences. about half of the respondents (52%) believe their gaps in knowledge prevent them from standing up for themselves in the doctor's office.
Fifty-four percent I don't remember a doctor or have advice from a medical provider on alternative menstrual hygiene products other than pads and tampons.
The INTIMINA spokesperson added:
This study shows that even though it is 2020, women do not know enough about their bodies and therefore are unable to take an active role in their care. When women know their bodies and how the reproductive system works, they can make a commitment to their wellbeing and get the support they need. INTIMINA helps women provide information on so many topics related to women's intimate health, including menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, pelvic floor problems, etc. In today's digital age, anything our parents or teachers don't about our reproductive system has left us with Health can be found online. The best recipe for becoming your attorney in a medical setting is to do your research and use that medical information to ask the right questions when you visit your doctor..
Top people are blamed for lack of knowledge of the anatomy of women
- Teacher 36%
- parents 28%
- Government educational standards 27%
- Religious organizations 24%
- siblings 16%
- Child carers 11%
The key aspects of the women's reproductive system respondents wish they knew
- What different organs do 42%
- Menopause and perimenopause 38%
- When a woman is most fertile 35%
- How the reproductive system works 31%
- Stages of pregnancy 29%
- Menstruation 16%
- puberty 8th%
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