True life is indeed stranger than fiction. As reported by Taiwanese media, a married woman has remained a virgin, and she is now pregnant with twins. Furthermore, she will still be a virgin after she gives birth. The real reason for her condition is simply astounding. 

A paper was recently submitted to the Taiwanese Society for Reproductive Medicine, and it discussed infertility treatments for women who suffer a condition called vaginismus, which affects a woman's ability to engage in any form of vaginal penetration, including sexual intercourse and even insertion of tampons. "Vaginismus is presumed to be the result of an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm causing any kind of vaginal penetration to be painful or impossible," according to the paper, which refers to vaginismus as "a psychosomatic disorder."

Dr. Feng-Po Tsai is a well-known and respected OB/GYN specialist who led the study that researched infertility treatments of 43 women resulting in 19 of the women becoming pregnant. There was one unique case, however, that was mentioned by Dr. Tsai because of its very interesting circumstances.

A 32-year-old woman has been married for 10 years but remained a virgin. Due to vaginismus, she has not been able to consummate with her husband. However, they wanted children and decided to seek medical help. She had tried psychological and behavioral therapy to no avail. They agreed to in vitro fertilization. Due to her fear of extreme pain, she required anesthesia for the procedures. 

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The in vitro fertilization was successful, and she was pregnant with twins. At the time of the news on September 22, she was 12 weeks pregnant. However, she was still very fearful of the extreme pain due to her vaginismus condition, so she will have her babies by Cesarean section (C-section.) 

(Although we did say this condition is astounding, but here comes an even more shocking finding: About 1% of Taiwanese women afflicted with vaginismus. Wouldn't it mean this condition is likely to be present in a similar percentage in our own female population?)

Dr. Tsai recommends that anyone with the vaginismus condition should seek medical help without delay. Possible treatments include psychological therapy and medications. The pregnancy by artificial technologies is actually the last resort, according to Dr. Tsai.

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