Former White House Doctor, Connie Mariano, weighs in on the topic of pregnancy and rape and tries to set the record straight about whether or not a woman can get pregnant from rape.
Dr. Connie Mariano: Just the facts and nothing but the facts about rape.
I'm former White House Doctor, Connie Mariano with this HER Health Minute.
Despite crazy comments by some politicians, we are here to share with you what you really need to know about rape.
Every two minutes in the US alone, someone is sexually assaulted.
According to Planned Parenthood, more than 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy, and more than 22 thousand unwanted pregnancies a year could be prevented, if women were given emergency contraception.
So what exactly are we talking about?
Rape is defined as forced vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse.
Ejaculation through vaginal or even anal intercourse can result in pregnancy, if semen enters the vagina.
Oral intercourse alone, forced or consensual, cannot lead to pregnancy.
According to RAINN, the rape, abuse, and incest national network, in 2004 to 2005, more than 64 thousand women were raped, and according to medical statistics there is a 5% chance of pregnancy following just one incident of unprotected sexual intercourse.
You do the math, 5% of 64,000 means there were more than 3,000 pregnancies in 2004 alone, due to rape.
So, Yes, it is very possible to become pregnant from rape.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano for EmpowHER; To ask any question or for more information visit EmpowHER.com.
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According to Planned Parenthood, more than 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy, and more than 22 thousand unwanted pregnancies a year could be prevented, concrete floor cleaningJuly 20, 2013 - 11:51pm
Former White House Doctor, Connie Mariano, weighs in on the topic of pregnancy and rape and tries to set the record straight about whether or not a woman can get pregnant from rape. sell wheelsJune 26, 2013 - 3:01am
3 day for a spern to live is avarage. Some live up to 7 days. Trauma can actally trigger an egg to break free prematurely, there by increasing the chance of prgnancy with rape. Unlike the other posters who are hypothesizing, my info came from a collge leve course of reproduction. Pregancy from rape are not as rare as many believe. It happend to a relative of mine.October 22, 2012 - 6:17am
I'm sorry it happened to a relative of yours, and very sorry she was raped. I'm not hypothesizing...actually mine is medical research while in school as well. All things need to be perfect for that egg to plant on the wall. Stress doesn't always allow the egg to plant, hormone balance is essential. I don't think pregnancy via rape happens nearly as much as PP would lead others to believe. Please go back and study some more about hormone balance and what is necessary for a pregnancy to occur...October 22, 2012 - 1:44pm
If we are looking at numbers, PP said that 22,000 pregnancies from rape could be prevented each year while later in the article it stated that 3,000 pregnancies from rape may have occurred in 2004. I am confused.October 17, 2012 - 3:55pm
1 child murdered is too many.October 16, 2012 - 6:56pm
One pregnancy from rape IS too much, but, one rape is too much! But, yes, he IS an idiot!October 15, 2012 - 10:20am
Dr. Connie Mariano is sadly misguided. Her math is severely faulty. First of all, she assumes that every rape was committed by means of UNPROTECTED sex. Second, she takes as gospel Planned Parenthood's claim that "more than 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy," which is nearly impossible to prove. Third, she sites "according to medical statistics there is a 5% CHANCE of pregnancy following just ONE incident of unprotected sexual intercourse." That is not the same as 64,000 rapes resulting in pregnancy 5% of the time. The actual number would be far lower. Her math is way off.October 3, 2012 - 4:51pm
Thank you! I wish there was a like button so I could like your comment. Not only is the math off, but to use PP's numbers...ugh!
And just to add some more information about pregnancy and rape, regardless of what 'the experts say', like this Dr. Mariano, I use common sense. If people would just think about what we have been told about the female body, it responds to things going on in our lives; miscarriage due to stress, you are sick or stressed your body doesn't have a menstrual cycle on time. Given those facts, to say that your body doesn't stop ovulating due to the stress of being raped is false and misleading. I know that when I work out or am going through a difficult time, I don't have my period on the same day that month like I usually do...I do think (and this is my own research, not something printed years ago) that if you are raped/assaulted, your body (in most cases, not all) does stop the ovulation cycle for that time, therefore not releasing an egg. The only way that a pregnancy could occur is if you have already ovulated or your body is ovulating that day. Sperm only lives for about 3 days, so if you haven't ovulated and you are treated at the hospital, the chances that you would become pregnant would be even less.
Please women, stop being 'sheeple', listening to your neighbor, best friend or what the so called experts say-do your own homework...and use the common sense that we used to have years ago...October 17, 2012 - 6:05pm
You're an idiot. Who cares if the math is off? One pregnancy from rape is too much.October 12, 2012 - 9:16pm