One in 200 young women claiming 'virgin births'

NEARLY one per cent of young women who have become pregnant claim to have done so as virgins, an American study has found.

Researchers interviewed 7,870 women aged 15 to 28 and found that more than 0.5 per cent of them who said they were virgins had also given birth - without the help of IVF.

The women were part of the long-running National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, according to a report in the Christmas edition of the BMJ.

The girls were 12 to 18 years old when they entered the study in the 1994-95 school year and were interviewed periodically about their health and behaviour over 14 years.

Based on interviews with the women, 45 of the 5,340 pregnancies in this group through the years occurred in women who reported that they conceived without a man being involved.

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