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01.06.2014 | General Gynecology | Ausgabe 6/2014

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 6/2014

Women’s perceptions about female reproductive system: a survey from an academic obstetrics and gynecology practice

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics > Ausgabe 6/2014
Oz Harmanli, Iris Ilarslan, Shamini Kirupananthan, Alexander Knee, An Harmanli
Wichtige Hinweise
This research was presented as a poster at the 36th Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona in April 2010.



To assess women’s knowledge about female reproductive system and the demographic factors that may influence their perceptions.

Study design

In this cross-sectional study, all qualifying adult women at our academic practice were asked to complete a self-administered anonymous questionnaire about the effects of female reproductive system between June and August 2009. We assessed the accuracy of their knowledge and analyzed the effect of demographic factors.


The majority of the 500 participants were in 18- to 59-year age range (93 %), Caucasian (81 %), married (56 %), college graduates (74 %) and had private insurance (82 %). Mean correct score was 63 ± 20 %. In univariate analysis, those respondents who were older, Caucasian, and had private insurance scored significantly higher (p < 0.05) When all the variables were entered in a fractional logit model, only age, race and reason for the visit remained as independent predictors for a better overall score in this survey. Twenty-nine percent of the participants thought hysterectomy included removal of ovaries and tubes. About a quarter of the respondents thought menstrual function would continue after hysterectomy. The question for whether removal of the uterus resulted in climacteric changes was correctly answered only by 34 %. While 59 % of women did not agree that removing the entire uterus eliminated the cervical cancer risk, 66 % concluded that they would continue to need Pap smears after total hysterectomy.


Women’s knowledge about female reproductive system is limited, especially for those who are younger and from a minority.

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