Apparently we have failed tremendously at sexual education and making effective and smart contraceptive options accessible.
We wish we were making this up. Partly because it’s the stuff horror movies are made out of. And secondly, because if this is how the young women of the world are preventing pregnancy, we have failed tremendously at sexual education and making effective and smart contraceptive options accessible.
That, my friends, is the real tragedy.
Oh, and there’s this description from Jezebel of how this misconception about birth control was rooted into this woman’s life. Pun totally intended.
This strange tale begins with a stomach ache and an ill-fated attempt at contraception. The 22-year-old woman who suffered the horrors of a vagina full of roots went to the hospital when she began feeling abdominal pain. While there, she revealed to the doctors that she had used a potato as a contraceptive, a method that her mother told her would work.
Okay. How does that work exactly? Well, according to Colombia Reports, the young woman just placed the potato inside herself and let it chill there for about two weeks. At that point the potato grew roots and suddenly the woman is some kind of incubator for an alien potato baby.