September is the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, so a UK charity association dealing with gynecological cancer research, The Eve Appeal, decided to launch a poll and question men on their knowledge of the female reproductive system. The results were quite alarming, as 50 percent of the interviewed men weren’t able to correctly identify the vagina on a diagram of the female body.
Men can’t point out the vagina on a diagram
The poll was aimed to assess the level of knowledge people have on gynecological cancers. However, its results highlighted another worrying issue. Most men are unaware of how a woman’s body functions, and of the components of her reproductive system.
The Eve Appeal gathered 1,000 men, and showed them a picture containing the vulva, the vagina, the cervix, the ovaries, and the Fallopian tubes. Then, these men were asked to point out the vagina on the picture. The results were quite disastrous, as 500 of them couldn’t do it correctly.
People in general are quite unaware of the symptoms of gynecological cancer
However, the research wasn’t only meant to show men’s lack of knowledge regarding woman anatomy. One in six participants knew nothing about the symptoms of gynecological cancers or other related health problems. This happened mostly because these men thought this is a woman’s problem, and they should deal with it by themselves.
The study might indicate one clear thing. Sex, as well as reproductive or gynecological issues, have remained a taboo among many people. This is a huge problem, since most of them might suffer permanent consequences by refusing to talk about some of their issues because they find it embarrassing.
It’s quite important that men should be aware of gynecological cancer symptoms. They might help their partners detect them, and convince them to pay a short visit to the doctor and see what’s wrong. Unfortunately, women don’t score any better. They might be as unaware as their partners, and don’t encourage them to pay more attention and to take care of themselves together.
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