Virgin Becomes Pregnant at 29 - Here's How and Why
A 29-year-old virgin is pregnant with her first child. No, this isn't one of those things where someone reclaims their virginity -- she has genuinely never had sex in any form.
A number of people are asking how, exactly, this came to be.
Even more are asking why.
The how is fairly obvious:
Lauren, who hails from a fairly conservative Manitoba community, found a fertility clinic and a sperm donor.
It was a little trickier than just that, however.
"I was born with hypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not formed properly. It doesn't send the right hormonal messages to the other glands in the body, like the adrenaline gland or the ovaries."
That meant that she started puberty late. It also meant that she faced some obstacles when it came to fertility.
"Initially my endocrinologist said it won't happen, that I'll need to get an egg donor and spend tens of thousands of dollars on IVF. I felt really shut down."
Eventually, though, she had success using a sperm donor from the fertility clinic. Unlike most she didn't try the "old fashioned way" of getting pregnant first, but she had her reasons.
For starters, she says that dating is ... the worst.
"People say horrible stuff. I remember when I had an online dating profile the first comment I got was 'Do you want to come sit on my face?' For one, does that actually work on anyone? And two, no thank you. People like that turn me away."
You gotta respect people's boundaries, folks. Just because you would love a direct message (or maybe an unsolicited nude) doesn't mean that various strangers are up for that as an icebreaker.
Lauren, who is due in June, talks about how she's toyed with the idea of sex, despite not being super interested in dating.
"Since I've been pregnant there have been a few times where I've felt like maybe it would be nice to have someone for that -- to go out and have sex..."
Not with anyone specific, mind you.
"Sometimes, out of curiosity, I think maybe I could try a random hookup, but that feeling very quickly passes -- I realize I'm not acting like myself."
hey, some folks aren't big on hookup culture.
"The best possible situation would be with someone I've known for awhile. No dinner or anything like that. I'd be strictly seeing what this sex thing is all about."
A lot of people try things like that. Maybe she'd be into it or maybe she wouldn't. But it doesn't sound like she's planning on trying it.
"I feel like I would chicken out if there was a big lead-up to it. I'm a fairly anxious person, so I feel like going out to dinner with someone, I would either try to find reasons why I don't like this person, or try to talk myself out of it."
We'd never tell anyone else what to label themselves, but we can't help but notice that some of what this woman describes sounds like what you'd expect to hear from someone on the asexual spectrum.
Your typical asexual may not particularly desire sex. Some have sex drives, which may strike them as a cosmic joke. Others do not.
She says that she has engaged in kissing, much to her chagrin.
"I've been kissed, very awkwardly. It's not something I want to relive."
Her interviewer asks her about masturbation, and got a similar answer.
"I tried it, and I didn't really like it. Never did it again."
Some people can't fathom someone not being interested in sex. Even more people can wrap their heads around finding dating and hookups both equally troublesome, but can't imagine life without masturbation.
If you're wondering if her virginity is religiously motivated at this point, Lauren says that you couldn't be further off.
"I make jokes about it but basically this is me giving a middle finger to the people who told me I couldn't do it because I'm not married yet."
It sounds like some people in her life have some very traditional views of how and when you're supposed to have a child.
"It's the opposite of a religious reason. If you're telling me I can't do this, I'm going to do it anyway."
So, if we're reading that correctly, she may come from one of those religious communities where they'd rather someone have a shotgun wedding than not get married and have a traditional family at all.
Hey, good for Lauren for living life by her own terms. As fertility technology improves, people can be awarded greater independence with their reproductive choices.
*Dover is a small town in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,329 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 General info 4 The Dover massacre 5 Notable people 6 References Geography Dover is located at 35°24'2?N 93°6'45?W (35.400597, -93.112534). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1880 368 — 1890 528 43.5% 1900 373 -29.4% 1910 385 3.2% 1920 388 0.8% 1930 510 31.4% 1940 493 -3.3% 1950 510 3.4% 1960 525 2.9% 1970 662 26.1% 1980 948 43.2% 1990 1,055 11.3% 2000 1,329 26.0% 2010 1,378 3.7% Est. 2014 1,397 1.4% U.S. Decennial Census 2014 Estimate As of the census of 2000, there were 1,329 people, 529 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.7 people per square mile (283.5/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 319.2 per square mile (123.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 529 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,697, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,073 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,261. About 10.6% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over. General info Dover was either named by British aristocrats in the 1830s for Dover, Kent, England or by Stephen Rye in 1832 for Dover, Tennessee. Dover was the county seat for Pope County in the 1800s. The original Pope County Courthouse was located where Dover Supermarket now sits. Dover is a small town near Russellville; it has several churches, a grocery store and a hardware store. Dover acts like a satellite city in relation to nearby Russellville and many residents commute regularly for work and education. The Dover massacre On December 22, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons, of Dover, killed all fourteen members of his family during a Christmas reunion in Dover. Two days later, he continued his killing spree in the county seat of Russellville, having targeted previous employers and co-workers, killing two and wounding two more. Simmons was arrested without resistance, was sentenced to death on December 10, 1989, and executed on June 25, 1990, the quickest sentence-to-execution time in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Notable people L.J. Churchill (December 8, 1902 – October 2, 1987) was a highly regarded civic and political figure in Dover. A Cumberland Presbyterian and a Mason, Churchill served as mayor and on the municipal school board, both nonpartisan positions. He had been state chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to his retirement, he operated L.J. Churchill's General Merchandise Store and was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Dover. In 1960, he was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives, having been defeated by the incumbent Democrat Dale Alford of Little Rock. Churchill was married to the former Audra Hill and had a son, Eunice Vance "Buck" Churchill, and two daughters, Ola Elaine Churchill Berry and Mary Janea "Polly" Churchill Massey, all of Dover. Robert E. Dale, Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Dover, 2009 to 2015 Jeff Davis, 20th Governor of Arkansas (1901-1907), later a US Senator (1907-1913). A very controversial figure, Davis was known for demagoguery and fiery rhetoric to appeal to his agrarian political base while disparaging city dwellers, blacks and Yankees Trevor Drown, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope and Van Buren counties since 2015; succeeded Robert Dale Virginia Hudson, American flautist and teacher began her musical education at Dover High School. Jared Keylon, rodeo cowboy who qualified for 2012 National Finals Rodeo (birthplace). Ronald Gene Simmons, retired United States Air Force master sergeant who killed sixteen people over a weeklong period in 1987, beginning in Dover
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