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[h1]Oral Sex, a Knife Fight and Then Sperm Still Impregnated Girl[/h1]
[h2]Account of a Girl Impregnated After Oral Sex Shows Sperms' Incredible Survivability [/h2]
By LAUREN COX
Feb. 3, 2010
A strange tale of oral sex, a knife fight and the most unlikely ofpregnancies recently brought to light by the blogosphere has doctorstouting the triumphant persistence of sperm.
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Awoman with a birth defect that left her without a vagina still gotpregnant after she was stabbed shortly following oral sex with herpartner. Doctors say the bittersweet story shows the incrediblesurvival of sperm.
In 1988, a 15-year-old girl living in the small southern African nationof Lesotho came to local doctors with all the symptoms of a woman inlabor. But the doctors were quickly puzzled because, upon examination,she didn't have a vagina.
"Inspection of the vulva showed no vagina, only a shallow skindimple," so doctors delivered a healthy baby boy via Caesarean, theauthors wrote in a case report published in the British Journal ofObstetrics and Gynaecology.
Her birth defect -- called Mullerian agenesis orMayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome -- didn't necessarily surprisedoctors, but her pregnancy did. Even the 15-year-old girl could not believe she was pregnant.
Yet by looking at her records the hospital staff realized the youngwoman was in the hospital 278 days earlier with a knife wound to herstomach. The average pregnancy lasts 280 days. After interviews, theygathered that "Just before she was stabbed in the abdomen she hadpracticed fellatio with her new boyfriend and was caught in the act byher former lover. The fight with knives ensued."
The girl arrived at the hospital with an empty stomach -- and thereforewith little stomach acid around -- and doctors found two holes from astab wound that opened her stomach up to her abdominal cavity. The case report said doctors washed her stomach out with a salt solution and stitched her up.
"A plausible explanation for this pregnancy is that spermatozoa gained access to the reproductive organs via the injured gastrointestinal tract," the authors wrote.
Infertility experts note the story, which resurfaced on a Discovery magazine blog, is not only a testament to Murphy's Law but one to arguably nature's most impressive swimmers: sperm.
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