Attitudes, perceptions and knowledge about the vagina: the International Vagina Dialogue Survey

Rossella E. Nappi, Goedele Liekens, Ulrike Brandenburg

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Background: The International Vagina Dialogue Survey examined women's attitudes, perceptions and knowledge regarding the vagina. Methods: In total, 9441 women (18-44 years) from 13 countries underwent online interviews during April/May 2004. Results: The majority of the women thought that vaginal health did not receive the attention it deserves (66%) and that society has too many misconceptions about the vagina (65%); indeed, 78% agreed that society's taboos surrounding the vagina contribute to women's ignorance. Only 39% of the women had ever read an informative article on the vagina, although 83% would like to read such an article. Although 79% of the women relied on advice from healthcare professionals (HCPs) when choosing a contraceptive,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-500
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006



  • Attitudes
  • Contraception
  • Society
  • Vagina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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