Science – and common sense – tells us it’s impossible to get pregnant without having sex. But new information suggests otherwise…
New figures have revealed that one in 200 American women claim to have given birth without ever having had sex.
The long-term study, published in the British Medical Journal and comically titled ‘Like A Virgin (mother)’, looked at 7,870 women aged 15 to 28 between 1995 and 2009. The research found that 45 of the women (0.5 per cent) said they had experienced one or more virgin pregnancies – they claimed not to have had sex or IVF treatment to conceive.
One in 200 American women claim to have given birth without ever having had sex
The virgin women who claim to have become pregnant were found to share some common traits, such as signing chastity pledges or rarely – or never – talking about sex and birth control with their parents. Around 28 per cent of the women’s parents claimed not to have the knowledge to discuss such matters with their daughters.
The study’s authors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, say that these claims must take in consideration self-reported behaviour. Memory, beliefs and wishes may have swayed what the women questioned in the study told the researchers.
Could this news mean we have lots more virgin Mary’s and baby Jesus’ on our hands? It is the right time of year, after all.
We’ll let you make your own mind up on this one, and whether it is really possible to get pregnant without ever having sex or fertility treatment…