One in ten Brits mistakenly believe the ‘pullout method’ is an effective contraceptive, a survey shows.
They believe it helps prevent pregnancy 90 percent of the time, according to the report by women’s health app Flo Health.
The nationwide survey of women ages 18 to 55 found that there is “an appalling level of misinformation” about reproductive health.
The company said the £1billion cuts to the NHS’s sexual health services since 2015 have led to a plethora of misconceptions about safe sex circulating on social media.
dr Flo Health’s Claudia Pastides said: “Low health literacy directly contributes to the spread of misinformation and leads to poor health outcomes and unhealthy behaviors, particularly in the areas Menstruation-sexual and pregnancy health.
“Every woman’s body is different, and every woman experiences her menstrual period and… reproductive health is unique but under-recognized.
“We want to empower women to better understand their own unique bodies, destigmatize taboo topics and ultimately improve their health literacy by personalizing their access to medically credible health information.”
When done right, the pullout method is effective about 96 percent of the time, according to Planned Parenthood.
However, this is very rarely the case in reality, as most men cannot withdraw quickly enough and semen can still enter the vagina.
With typical use, an average of 22 out of 100 couples will conceive when relying on the method – an effectiveness of only 78 percent.
Despite this, social media is full of memes and posts about male “pull out games” which means many couples still use them.
The survey found that nearly three-quarters of women don’t double-check health information they receive on social media.
Around six out of ten respondents said they were unaware that you can get a sexually transmitted infection without having sex.
And a quarter of women aged 18 to 34 found masturbation shameful, compared to 15 percent of those aged 45 to 55.
One in ten said they had figured out how to use menstrual products like pads and tampons.
About 9 percent said they thought the more sex you had, the looser your vagina was — although this is incorrect.
Seven percent incorrectly believed tampons could stretch the vagina, while 11 percent incorrectly believed women should wash inside the organ.