Korea’s Single Women Shy Away From Doctors

Social prejudice against unmarried women who are sexually active keeps the majority of single Korean women from gynecologists, according to a survey study by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs.

Of 1,314 unmarried women surveyed, over 53% admitted they had experienced symptoms, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain, but almost 57% did not see a gynecologist. Some reported discomfort discussing their sex life with doctors, especially male doctors, while unmarried; others fretted over appearances. Over half of adult women surveyed, and 64% of the teenagers surveyed, agreed people would "think oddly" of single women visiting gynecology clinics.

Calling for change, Lee Sang-rim, one of the study’s researchers emphasized that some gynecological diseases can cause infertility if left untreated.

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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