Magazine article USA TODAY

Females in Dark concerning Basic Care

Magazine article USA TODAY

Females in Dark concerning Basic Care

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Despite high numbers of women in their 40s having babies, many are ill informed about their ability to safely conceive in these later years, maintains a survey by the Vagisil Women's Health Center, White Plains, N.Y. It shows that 39% believe that a female in her 40s can conceive and have a baby as easily as a woman in her 20s.

The finding, part of the "Feminine Health Myths & Misconceptions" survey, illustrates that, in some highly critical feminine health areas, women may not be well versed in the latest, most crucial information that impacts their health and well-being.

"Women need accurate information to make informed decisions about important feminine health issues," notes Faye Wattleton, president of the Center for Advancement of Women and former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "This research shows that while we're making headway, there are still key feminine health concerns for which women need facts."

Other survey findings include:

* Eighty-six percent believe that yeast infection is the most common type of feminine infection when in reality it is bacterial vaginosis, which is caused by an imbalance of the organisms usually found in a healthy vagina.

* Fifty-nine percent do not know to refrain from sexual activity before a Pap test. …

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