The 22-year-old woman, from Colombia, explained that she was advised by her mother to use the technique to avoid becoming pregnant.
It is reported that by the time doctors discovered the potato, it had already started to germinate and roots had begun growing inside her.
This story has not only received wide coverage in the Colombia Reports, a large news website in the country, but also has been picked up by several international news organizations.
According to the report, 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 report says the discovery was made when the woman, from the central Colombian town of Honda, went to the hospital complaining of abdominal pains. As soon after she was examined by a nurse, the new discovery was made.
After having removed the potato from the most unlikely place,
doctors have confirmed there would be no lasting damage to the woman’s health.
Medical staffs at the hospital have reportedly criticized the woman’s mother for the terrible contraceptive advice and counsel.
At the same time, the bizarre case has called into question the effectiveness of the sex education program in Colombia despite it being mandatory in the South American country.
Moreover, according to the report, 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.
Maria Eugenia Rosselli, the Colombian Ministry of Education sociologist was reported to have said that the lack of ‘sex talk’ between young people and their parents had created a void of information.
This, in turn, had created high levels of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
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