Virgin births are making headlines this week — and they have nothing to do with Baby Jesus.
According to research published in the annual Christmas edition of the British Journal of Medicine, researchers discovered 45 reported virgin births among American adolescents and young adults when analyzing a long-term confidential study about reproductive health.
About 0.5 cent of the 7,870 surveyed women claimed they'd never had sex but had been pregnant.
"We didn't ask the participants, specifically, if they gave birth as a virgin. Instead, they answered a series of questions on pregnancy history and a separate series of questions on vaginal intercourse," co-author Amy H. Herring, a professor of biostatistics at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, tells Live Science. "Based on [these] two sets of questions, we derived the virginity status at the time of pregnancy."
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