A young woman has been nicknamed the Virgin Mary by her friends after becoming pregnant without ever having sex.
Nicole Moore, 28, who had not had an active sex life, discovered she was pregnant for the first time five months into her pregnancy with her daughter, Tilly, who is now eight years old.
The mum, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, suffered from vaginismus – a condition where the vagina tightens up when you try and insert something into it.
Whenever sex is attempted, the vagina restricts and trying to carry on can be extremely painful, therefore ruining a woman’s sex life.
Nicole was not aware she had a medical condition until her later life – she says doctors told her she was just “extremely tight”.
But she had never been able to insert a tampon, have a pap smear or have sex – so when she got pregnant, it was the shock of her life.
The supply teacher said doctors called her “ridiculous” for claiming to be pregnant and a virgin.
She said: “I’d spent all my teenage life not being able to insert a tampon, so I knew something was not quite right.
“But doctors told me I was fine, so I just believed for a while that there was something wrong with me.
“When I was 18, I got into a relationship with my daughter’s dad. We began trying to have sexual intercourse, he was a few years older and more experienced.
“We tried but it was impossible. I didn’t understand why it couldn’t happen.
“The only way I can describe it is like it felt like he was hitting a brick wall.
“I went back to the doctors who then gave me an examination but again told me everything was fine, and I was just extremely tight.”
Nicole and her partner found other ways to be intimate with each other.
While they never thought it could be possible, this was how the pregnancy happened.
The couple now understands that the fluids passed between them during sexual activity meant semen entered Nicole’s vagina.
Speaking of when she became pregnant, Nicole said: “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. I laughed and said there was no way, as I was still a virgin and never had penetrative sex.
“I did a pregnancy test on my lunch break that day at work and it was positive.
“But she said it was possible if there had been any fluids near my vagina, despite not actually having intercourse.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was so shocked and confused.
“All I kept thinking was how on earth am I going to deliver this baby if I couldn’t even have intercourse.
“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.
“So many people still tell me I’m the Virgin Mary which really makes me laugh. It was crazy.”