It seems that many women think Mary wasn’t alone. Nearly 1 percent of American women in a recently released scientific study reported that they were virgins when they became pregnant. Oh, really?

According the Reuters, the survey was conducted by Britain's Medical Journal, also known as BMJ. The survey consisted of interviews with 7,870 females ages 15 to 28. Out of the 5,340 pregnancies that occurred in this group over the fourteen years the study took place, 45 participants (0.8 percent) reported that they conceived independently of men.

The findings of this story, hilariously titled “Like a Virgin (Mother),” are troubling on many levels, but the doctors who conducted the research want to illustrate a point: that patients will self-report medical data that adheres to their beliefs and wishes over actual fact. Not surprisingly, the study also found that 31 percent of the “pregnant virgins” had signed chastity pledges as teens, and that more of their parents reported difficulties talking with their daughters about sex.

BMJ is known to release strange scientific stories every year in their Christmas edition, including one about whether an apple a day will keep the doctor away (statistically, not so much). Since there’s clear medical evidence that virgin births are impossible, releasing this data right before Christmas does bring a little bit of irony to the fact that most Americans will be celebrating a pretty high-level virgin birth next week.  

Source: Reuters