A woman has revealed how she managed to get pregnant despite still being a virgin.
Nicole Moore was shocked when she discovered she was expecting a baby when she was 20 years old because she never had had penetrative sex.
The young woman didn't know she had vaginismus, a condition that causes the vaginal walls to constrict involuntarily, making things like sex or even inserting a tampon extremely difficult.
When she met her boyfriend, they weren't able to have sexual intercourse because it was far too painful for Nicole.
"We tried but it was impossible. I didn't understand why it couldn't happen," she said.
"But doctors told me I was fine, so I just believed for a while that there was something wrong with me."
Nicole and her baby's dad found other ways to experience pleasure, which ended up causing the then 20-year-old to get pregnant.
"One day at work I started getting terrible heartburn and sore breasts. My boss at the time, who was a close friend and knew about my situation, said she thought I could be pregnant," Ms Moore said.
"I laughed and said there was no way, as I was still a virgin and never had penetrative sex.
"But she said it was possible if there had been any fluids near my vagina, despite not actually having intercourse.
"I did a pregnancy test on my lunch break that day at work and it was positive."
She was not only confused at the idea of being pregnant, but also horrified at the thought of giving birth with her condition.
"All I kept thinking was how on earth am I going to deliver this baby if I couldn't even have intercourse," she said.
"I was worried my partner would think I'd cheated on him, as it seemed so impossible.
"But thankfully he knew me and my body, and he didn't doubt me for a second."
She found it difficult to convince medical professionals that she was still a virgin even though she was pregnant.
"I tried explaining to her that I still hadn't had sex and she said to me, 'Don't be ridiculous, of course you have'," she said.
It wasn't until four months into her pregnancy that she was finally diagnosed with vaginismus.
After she was formally diagnosed, she lost her virginity a month later.
Thanks to a therapist, she was able to give birth to her daughter Tilly without any complications. While Nicole is no longer with her boyfriend at the time, she's described him as incredibly supportive.
"I still suffer with vaginismus but I now know how to deal with it and it definitely isn't as bad," she said.
"I still can't do certain things, like insert a tampon, but I feel very fortunate that I am now able to have a normal sex life.
"Tilly is definitely my little miracle. We've got the best life together and having her was the best thing I've ever done."
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