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Study shows sex is poorly understood by US women

WASHINGTON--Women are often in the dark when it comes to basic facts about sex, fertility, pregnancy and their own reproductive health, according to a U.S. study Monday.

The research was conducted by Yale University via an online survey of 1,000 women aged 18-40 from across the United States.

Just one in 10 women knew that sex was required before ovulation, not after, in order to optimize the chances of pregnancy, said the findings in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

More than one third thought that certain sex positions, like raising one's hips, could increase the chance of pregnancy.

About 40 percent thought their ovaries were continually producing new eggs.

About half of women had never discussed their reproductive health with a doctor, said the survey.

Some 30 percent said they either never went for a women's health check-up or did so less than once a year.

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