Woman Hospitalized After Potato She Used as a Contraceptive Began to Grow Roots

Woman Hospitalized After Potato She Used as a Contraceptive Began to Grow Roots

Just when I think I’ve seen it all, Columbia Reports reported that a 22-year-old woman had used a potato as a contraceptive, and required hospitalization after the roots began to grow. She alleges that her mother taught her this technique as a way to avoid becoming pregnant.

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The story was covered by Colombia Reports, a large news website in the country.

It claims the unnamed woman told doctors: ‘My mum told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her.’

The discovery was made when the woman, from the central Colombian town of Honda, went to hospital complaining of abdominal pains.

When a nurse examined her, she found roots from the potato that had grown.

However after removing it, doctors confirmed there would be no lasting damage to the woman’s health.

Medical staff at the hospital have criticised the woman’s mother for the terrible contraceptive advice.

The bizarre case sheds light on a lack of sex education, despite it being mandatory in the South American country.

Research conducted by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare – to try and reduce high levels of teenage pregnancy – found a startling lack of awareness about contraception in young people.

Girls are often pressured into having unsafe sex, the campaign found.

Moral of the story: if it grows roots, don’t put it anywhere near your nether-regions. Clearly common sense is as rare as sex education in Columbia.

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