Sexual myths live on in Spain

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DESPITE the risk of unwanted pregnancies and STDs, one in five young women in Spain does not use contraception, a new study by Bayer has revealed.

The multinational pharmaceutical company questioned one thousand women in Spain, aged 18 to 30, and has reported that although there is more access to information than ever before, many myths remain firmly ingrained in young adults’ minds.

Common myths believed to be true by the women included ‘you can’t get pregnant while menstruating’ and ‘the coil is only for women who already have children.’

Three of every four women questioned for the study, Myths and Realities of Sexuality and Contraception amongst Millennials in Spain, said they were single. Half had completed higher education and 29.9 per cent had finished sixth form studies.

“They are modern women, yet they carry myths passed down from their mothers and grandmothers,” said Bayer spokeswoman Carlota Gomez.

Although young women in Spain consider themselves to be well informed on the subject of sexual health, 40 per cent couldn’t remember where they picked their knowledge up from and 20 per cent admitted to having used the Internet and social media to clear up doubts.

Part of the reason for this, the study found, was that 31.4 per cent admitted to being uncomfortable discussing contraception with their doctor as opposed to an average of 22 per cent for Europe in general.

This means that many young women are less prepared to make an informed decision as they are unaware of many of the 15 contraceptive methods currently available to them.

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