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One in 200 mothers ‘becomes pregnant without having sex’

The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28

The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28

One in 200 young women claimed to have become pregnant without having sexual intercourse, doctors in the US have found.

Researchers interviewed 7,870 teenagers over a 14-year period into adulthood finding that modern day virgin births are a reported phenomenon.

They asked participants about their history of vaginal intercourse, pregnancy history, and use of assisted reproductive technology. Their age and religion were also noted.

Of the thousands of young women interviewed, 0.5 per cent confirmed that they had become pregnant despite being virgins and not using IVF or any other assisted reproduction.

The results, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also found that 31 per cent of those who reported pregnancy had once signed a chastity pledge.

These girls were also more likely than non-virgins to have parents who indicated that they had less communication about sex and birth control with their child.

Researchers conducted their study at the University of North Carolina as part of the US national longitudinal study of adolescent health.

-Metro

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