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Some Women Mistakenly Think They're 'Invincible' to Pregnancy, Study Says

Unintended pregnancies happen to women who think they can't get pregnant
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If you thought most accidental pregnancies were only happening to irresponsible teens who didn't pay enough attention in Sex Ed class ... well, you may be only partially right.

In fact, more than half of unwanted pregnancies actually occur to the 10 percent of women (of varying ages) who don't use contraception of any kind. And a new study from the Guttmacher Institute recently tried to get at just why there are women out there who don't seem to want to get pregnant, but aren't doing anything to prevent it, either. The results? It seems like a disturbing amount of young women are genuinely confused about how this whole getting pregnant thing works.

Researchers surveyed 50 women seeking abortions and uncovered an alarming amount of firsthand accounts that revealed many women simply felt it couldn't happen to them, or that getting pregnant is way harder than it actually is. Overall, there was a general "perceived invulnerability to pregnancy" often linked to a "larger sense of invincibility."

As one woman surveyed put it, "Nothing bad ever seems to happen to me." Hence, her feelings of invincibility.

Of those surveyed, more than one-third felt their choice of birth control was up to snuff (even if that meant they had missed a few pills), another third just kinda didn't think about it too much and the final third of women felt strongly that neither they or their partner were fertile enough to produce a pregnancy.

One 18-year-old was even quoted as saying: "He told me he was sterile because when he was sponsored dirt biking and he had wrecked and apparently his wreck made him sterile in some way and they told him that he would get it back between 22 and 25."

If you need us, we'll just be over here, shaking our heads.

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