So Apparently You Actually Can Get Pregnant Through Anal Sex

As this unfortunate woman found out.

Man and woman in bed

Up the bum no harm done, right? Er, wrong.

Here’s a fun fact for you: 50,000 women are likely to get pregnant via anal sex alone, but with no reproductive organs located, um, up there, just how is that possible?

Well, before you freak out, it’s all down to a rare biological condition known as Cloacal Malformation. Basically, it’s a condition where your rectum, vagina and uretha are all connected instead of being three distinct tubes.

In other words, sufferers of the condition have one hole instead of three, meaning that any sperm that makes its way into the rectum, can also travel through the vagina and lead to pregnancy.

That exact scenario happened to a patient of Dr Brian Steixner’s, a urologist at the Jersey Urology Group in Atlantic City. Chatting to Men’s Health he explains that when he was in med school, he and his colleagues had been checking up on a woman who had been diagnosed with the condition at birth.

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When she was younger she’d had surgery to correct the issue, but it was a botched job which left her with a tiny hole connecting her womb and her rectum; an issue that meant every month she would have her period rectally. (And you thought yours was bad!)

Years later, said woman shows up at the doctors office with a baby in her belly, explaining that she’d only ever had anal sex and feeling understandably confused about how she had conceived.

“We knew about her condition, and we had followed her for a decade,” says Dr Steixners. “After doing a whole bunch of X-rays, we determined that she got pregnant from having anal sex.”

But what about the delivery? Was she going to have to poop the baby out?

Thankfully no. “I thought that would be hilarious, but ultimately, the OBGYNs couldn’t figure out a way to effectively deliver the baby through the rectum safely. So she had a C-section,” Dr Steixner confirms.

The good news is, unless you’ve got a cloacal malformation you probably have nothing to worry about when it comes to anal sex and pregnancy, but y’know, as this woman’s story confirms, it’s always best to use a condom.


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