Potato found growing inside woman after being used a contraceptive
Medical staff in the central Colombian town of Honda were shocked to discover a potato growing inside a woman’s vagina.
According to Colombia Reports, the 22-year-old unidentified woman sought medical attention after experiencing abdominal pains. After medical staff discovered the potato, the woman explained her mother told her to insert it as a means of preventing pregnancy.
“My mom told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her,” the woman said.
After about two weeks of having the potato inside her body, the woman began to experience abdominal pains. The potato had germinated and grew roots inside the young woman.
Initially, the nurse who examined the woman thought the ordeal was a bizarre practical joke after seeing the roots emerging from the woman.
The potato was removed without surgery and the woman is said to have no lasting side effects.
Medical staff said it’s concerning for such bad advice to be given to a young woman. In Colombia, many have rejected conventional contraception methods like condoms and pills. Additionally, parents object to having sexual education taught in schools.
The Ministry of Education and sociologist Maria Eugenia Rosselli said what further perpetuates the problem is that young people feel they cannot freely discuss sex with their parents. This has created high numbers of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases — and in this case, a bizarre encounter with a vegetable.