1 in every 200 women said they had a virgin pregnancy
December 19 , 2013
In a new study about reproductive health involving 7,870 women, 45 said they got pregnant without having a vaginal intercourse or attempting to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.
Reports suggest that 31 percent of these woman had made a "chastity pledge" and a lead author explains that it's also possible that some of them didn't want to admit the fact that they had an intercourse. The women weren't asked directly about whether or not they have had a virgin pregnancy but instead the findings are based on a number of questions regarding their intercourse history.
Considering that the results are unrealistic, it's also possible that some of them misinterpreted the questions.
"We actually found a few virgin fathers as well - which is a little harder to get your head around," the author said. "Scientists may still face challenges when collecting self-reported data on sensitive topics."