Malaysian women have emerged as the most ill-informed in a new survey on sex-related issues carried out across Southeast Asia.
The Kotex BodyLife IQ survey was conducted on 1,800 women aged between 16 and 24 in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries, reports the New Straits Times Online.
It showed that a majority of women in Malaysia believe, among other things, that sexual intercourse during menstruation cannot lead to pregnancy, wearing brassieres can cause breast cancer and that they can enlarge their breasts by touching them.
According to the survey, some are convinced that riding a bicycle will cause them to lose their virginity and that bleeding after sexual intercourse confirmed a woman's virginity.
In Malaysia, the women surveyed were from a cross-section of all races.
Haniza Tahir, marketing manager for Kimberly-Clark, the company that commissioned the survey, said although Malaysian women showed outward sophistication and were educated, they were ignorant of even the most basic facts about womanhood.
The survey also discovered education, social conventions and a misinformation cycle as three key reasons behind the knowledge gap.