1 in 200 Women Say They've Had a 'Virgin Pregnancy'
Of course, some are skeptical
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 8:24 AM CST
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(Newser) – An unbelievable-sounding new study finds that one in 200 young American women claims to have experienced a virgin pregnancy, à la the Virgin Mary. The US researchers looked into a long-term, confidential study about reproductive health, and found that 45 of the 7,870 women involved said they had become pregnant without ever having had vaginal intercourse or going through in-vitro fertilization, AFP reports. Of those, 31% had made a "chastity pledge" of the type popular among Christian groups. The research was published in the British Medical Journal.

A lead author explains: The subjects "weren’t asked a question 'Have you had a virgin pregnancy?'" Rather, the findings were "put together from a series of questions about pregnancy history and vaginal intercourse history." She adds that it's possible some of the women "did not want to admit that they had intercourse," or perhaps misunderstood the questions, seeing as the results are rather "unrealistic." She adds: "We actually found a few virgin fathers as well—which is a little harder to get your head around." LiveScience points out that the study's real finding is the problems inherent in researching sensitive information: "Scientists may still face challenges when collecting self-reported data on sensitive topics," despite taking precautions.

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tikgirl12
Jun 27, 2014 1:42 PM CDT
IT IS totally possible to get pregnant without having "intercourse" - ask any doctor! Is it rare? YES . Can it happen _ YES? As long as the semen is close enough and gets inside - she can get pregnant under certain circumstances. If anyone has a STRONG opinion on this topic, or knows someone to whom this happened = please email us today! researchdepartment36@gmail.com
sean
Jan 2, 2014 1:14 PM CST
CHRISTIANS-MOST UNINTELLIGENT PEOPLE ON EARTH !!! ITS NEVER HAPPENED AND NEVER WILL !!! BIBLE IS FILLED WITH RIDICULOUS LIES !!!
BklynPeach
Dec 31, 2013 10:44 PM CST
I went to Catholic School and knew girls who did anal or let the guy rub their penis between their legs without putting it in. We called them Technical Virgins and 2 did get PG without vaginal penetration.