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.