One in every 200 young American women says she became pregnant while still a virgin.

That is the eye-popping figure reported on Tuesday by US researchers who trawled through a long-term study into reproductive health among young Americans.

Out of 7,870 women who took part in the confidential research, 45 – 0.5 percent – said they had conceived yet had not had vaginal intercourse.

None said they had used in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to become pregnant, according to the paper, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Out of the 45, ‘there were some miscarriages and other pregnancy losses,

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