Women are having children after undergoing IVF – despite never having had sex, according to doctors.
Twenty-five young women in the UK, all of whom are hetereosexual and in their twenties, have opted for IVF in the past five years because they feel ready to be a parent, doctors told the Mail on Sunday.
Some who have had the “virgin births” said they made the decision because they were still waiting for the right partner – and a few said they were afraid of sex owing to psychosexual complications.
Whilst some religious groups have said a child should be brought up in a traditional family, one doctor said these single mothers are often more emotionally and financially stable than others who have been left to bring up a child after a relationship breakdown.
Laura Witjens, chief executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust, said society tended to “freak out” when they heard about single women going for motherhood. “These women have a right to choose this path if they want to, but clinics do have a responsibility to consider why they want to do so,” she told the Mail
A survey in 2013 claimed that one in every 200 in the US reported to have become pregnant without having had sexual intercourse.
Of these women, 31% said they had signed a chastity pledge whereby they vow, usually for religious reasons, not to have sex. About 28% of those girls’ parents said they rarely talked to them about sex or contraception – compared to only 5% of other women who became pregnant and had had intercourse.