In our high tech world, getting pregnant (or trying not to) is nothing but straight forward. For women trying to conceive, there are fertility apps, ovulation charts and temperature readers – all of these devices help to time 'getting it on' at just the right moment. Women trying to conceive have been told that it may be more difficult than they think: women only have about a 25 per cent change of conception every cycle. For women not wanting a bump, there are contraceptive apps, the pill, the patch, the ring, the morning after pill, you name it! Fertility and contraception is a billion dollar industry, aiming to help couples achieve their reproductive goals to achieve that positive pregnancy test result (or not).
Despite all the help and science that exists to lend women a hand in controlling when they become mamas, there are crazy but true stories in television show, news reports and even through word of mouth that tell a tales of women getting pregnant in weird and unusual circumstances. These stories boggle the mind and make us question the limits of physiology. The unexpected pregnancies of a mere few have the rest of us wondering how possible or likely it really is. In spite of our potential speculation, here are 15 unlikely ways women have gotten pregnant that will blow your mind.
15 Through The Back Door
No, women can’t get pregnant because of from the back per se. But because the vaginal opening and the anus are very close together, there is the chance that gravity takes over and sperm could leak into the V and travel to fertilize an egg.
Again, this is not common but entirely possible, especially if he accidentally pulls out during his big O moment, spilling is little swimmers close enough to enter into the vaginal area. Once inside, they have a pretty good shot at reaching their mark and landing you with a little one. So if you're down for a little bun in the oven, go all buns - but if not, you might want to stick to missionary.
14 Over The Clothes
When I first heard that a woman got pregnant while she and her man were humping fully clothed, I didn’t believe it. Who would ever think a hump sesh would result in a baby belly!? But after further research, I began to see how it would be possible – but not probable.
If the clothing was completely saturated with semen and was in direct contact with a woman's vaginal open, there is a very slight chance the sperm could enter the V, but this is highly unlikely. The clothing would likely have to be pretty soaked and the woman not on any sort of contraception. Although a very low chance, it is still surprisingly possible for a woman to become pregnant doing the deed all dressed up.
13 Her Tubes Were Tied
Getting your tubes tied, or what is normally referred to as tubal ligation, is a pretty safe way to ensure that you can’t have a baby. But as with every surgery, there are still risks that include the surgery not being effective or the tubes rejoining and healing (a process called recanalization).
One per cent of women have gotten pregnant after having their tubes tied (or five women in every thousand within a year, going up to 18 women in every thousand after 10 years). Most of these pregnancies end up being ectopic (implanted in the fallopian tube instead of the uterine wall), as the egg usually cannot make its way to the uterus due to the closed passage way, but there were a few cases in the United-States where women became pregnant after recanalization and gave birth to healthy babies.
12 While Aunt Flow’s In Town
This one is still unlikely but much more common than you may think. It is definitely possible to get pregnant while having sex during that time of the month. We may think that when we see red we are too far from ovulation to worry about conception but that is not necessarily true.
It may not be very common but ovulation cycles can overlap with menstruation and women have gotten pregnant while experiencing their monthly visit. Also, not many people realize that sperm can actually live inside a woman's vagina for up to five days. So, if a woman has unprotected sex towards the end of her period and ovulation comes a few days early, she could get pregnant – and plenty of women have.
11 While Breastfeeding
It is a common belief that, while a woman is breastfeeding, ovulation comes to a halt due to the hormone Prolactin suppressing it. But many women have gotten pregnant while breastfeeding; it happens more often than you would expect. If mom is still breastfeeding, that means she's likely not ready for another baby...so this can be troubling!
Breastfeeding is not a surefire form of birth control. If you slow down your breastfeeding (or sometimes even if you don’t), ovulation could start up again, and you may not even know because you could get pregnant on the first cycle, resulting in an ‘Irish Twin’ (a second baby born within a year of the first) for your little one.
10 After He Had A Vasectomy
While a vasectomy (the surgical procedure severing and then tying the male vas deferens to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra) is an effective form of birth control, there are still a few ways a woman can get pregnant even if her partner got ‘the snips’.
As with tubal litigation, recanalization (which is when the body reverses the process on its own) can happen, reopening the pathway for the sperm to participate in an ejaculation. Women have also become pregnant through surgical error, or when women have intercourse with their partner before a medical professional has declared the sperm count of the man in question to be zero. It takes time for the sperm count to go down, so patience is definitely a virtue after a vasectomy.
9 While On The Pill
The contraceptive pill is a combination of hormones estrogen (estradiol) and a progestogen (progestin) taken orally once a day to prevent ovulation. When used properly, it is very effective at preventing pregnancy and is the most widely used form of contraception among women ages 15-44 in the United-States.
So how come women have gotten pregnant while on the pill? Oral contraception pills have to be consumed at the same time every day. With irregular timings, the effectiveness of these pills is reduced and chances of getting pregnant are higher. There is also some research that indicates that weight may be a factor. Women weighing over 180 lbs may not properly absorb some birth control pills, especially if they are of a lower dose of hormones – so definitely talk to your doctor if this is something you’re concerned about.
8 When He Used A Condom
Yes, women have gotten pregnant with the use of a condom. The reality is if condoms are used incorrectly, it significantly lowers their effectiveness. There is a right and a wrong way to put on a condom, and when not done properly a woman can find themselves with-child. Not leaving any room at the tip of the condom can cause it spontaneously pop open during intercourse. Also, the way you open a condom wrapper may lower its effectiveness: ripping the wrapper open with your teeth can cause a small tear, leaving both of you wondering how a baby managed to arrive on scene, despite your precautions.
Also, surprisingly enough, women have gotten pregnant simply by using the wrong lube. This seems like such a minute detail, but it turns out the type of lubricant you use can impact your chances of preventing pregnancy because of how it affects condoms.
Certain brands of lubricant can make condoms less effective, causing the condom to weaken from damage to the latex. This damage can create small holes, allowing the sperm to be exposed to the vagina or the holes can grow bigger and eventually snap the condom altogether. Petroleum-based oils should be avoided. Opt for water-based ones instead. Look on the label of the lubricant before you buy as the ones that are ‘condom safe’ will advertise this on the package.
The University of Columbia recently published that 10-15 out of 100 sexually active women find themselves unexpectedly pregnant every year despite condom use. Condoms do not give 100 percent protection and all of them have at least a 1 percent chance of failure. So, if you want to really make sure you don't get pregnant, start using regular birth control as well.
7 When He Pulled Out
To escape the condom, many people use pulling out as a method of birth control. But ladies, it's anything but birth control and women have gotten pregnant using the pull-out method. (Do you know any of them personally? I definitely do.) No one has fun with the sudden pull-out, not to mention it is very messy and the chances of the sperm fertilizing an egg are uncomfortably high because of the sperm that exist in the pre-ejaculation fluid.
There is also a big risk for human error: just because you think he pulled out in time, it doesn't mean that he did. Ejaculation is instantaneous and pulling out at the exact right moment requires focus, which the best of us lack at any point in a normal state of mind, let alone in the middle of an orgasm.
6 While Already Pregnant
When I heard about this one, I was thrown for a loop. The concept of women getting pregnant while already pregnant seems to go beyond the means of human fertility. But at least for a small group of women, it has happened. In a biological marvel known as superfetation, a pregnant woman releases an egg a few weeks into her pregnancy. The second egg is fertilized, and the woman is then pregnant with two babies simultaneously.
This is very rare because normally when a woman becomes pregnant; her body releases hormones that prevent further ovulation. But in rare cases, this hormone release is delayed, causing this strange phenomenon of being pregnant at the same time from two different ovulation cycles. There is no real way to prevent this because women don’t know it’s happening until after it has. It is just a miraculous occurrence of nature that makes our jaws drop to the floor.
5 While On Medication
Drug interactions are no laughing matter. A friend of mine got pregnant while on the pill because she was using Saint John’s Wart, an herb commonly used to treat mild depression and anxiety. Her doctor knew she was taking it and failed to explain to her how the drug can interact with the contraceptive pill – and boom! A baby was made. Studies show this is not a one-off; Saint John’s Wart can mess with how the female body absorbs estrogen, reducing the effectiveness of the pill.
The same goes for antibiotics: there’s a chance they reduce the effectiveness of the pill because they can alter the bacteria in your stomach, which helps your body absorb contraceptive hormones. Doctors recommend using a back up contraceptive like a condom while on the medication as well as 10 days after you stop taking it. Regardless of what meds you’re on, always talk to your doctor about the potential for interactions, or you could end up preggo.
4 With Hands Down There
Yes, you read that right – women have actually gotten pregnant from having hands “down there”. This has happened either after their partner decided to go to town on their lady parts with his hands post-ejaculation or by a woman touching herself down there after helping a guy climax. So just when you thought pre-coital fun was safe, think again! It can land you with a crying baby in 9 months!
Any sperm near your V can up the chances of an unexpected pregnancy because of there is a small chance they will enter the vaginal opening. So be sure that all hands are washed before getting started (or finished) in any foreplay.
3 While Cuddling Naked
Also known as Faux sex, this is when there is no penetration, but there is skin to skin contact of the genital area because of cuddling or dry humping. Right now, most of you are thinking no intercourse= no baby, so what’s the risk? The truth is anytime the man and lady parts come into contact; there is a slight risk of pregnancy and a risk for STD transmission (even if there is no ejaculation). His little swimmer are alive and well in the pre-ejaculation fluid.
The risk is fairly low and it is rather unlikely that fondling naked would result in pregnancy, but it is possible and women have gotten pregnant this way. If you’re trying to avoid a positive test and are not using another form of birth control, be mindful of the naked spooning.
2 With An IUD
It rarely ever happens but women have gotten pregnant while having an IUD (device implanted in the uterus by a doctor to prevent pregnancy). There are a few ways an IUD can fail and one is due to an insertion error that goes undetected. Doctors recommend that anyone who gets an IUD comes back around a month later to make sure it's still planted the right place in the uterus. A lot of women don’t show up for that visit because it’s either too much of an inconvenience or they feel fine. But this is towing a dangerous line because if an IUD moves from the upper cavity of the uterus into the lower segment, it won’t be as effective.
A woman's body can also expel the IUD, meaning it can actually fall out, leaving them unprotected against pregnancy. Women are also more likely to get pregnant if their IUD expires. The scary thing about this is that there is not only a risk of pregnancy but a higher risk ectopic pregnancy, which could lead to harmful health issues. IUD’s are generally very effective and the risks I am listing here are relatively low. But if you find yourself pregnant with an IUD, you need to see your doctor ASAP.
1 After Taking The Morning-After Pill
Many women jumped for joy when the Morning After Pill came on the market. But whether you take it after a random drunken night or when your regular method of contraception fails, it’s still only 89-95 per cent effective (depending on timing). Research also suggests that this percentage decreases if you weigh more than 165 lbs.
Women have gotten pregnant even though they turned to this ‘plan B’. So even if you and your partner reach for this pill the morning after, know that there is still a chance that a baby could be on the way. It might not be a good idea to rely on the Morning After Pill and pass on the night if you fear being in this situation.
Sources: wellness.org, mensfitnes.com, self.com, webmd.com