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PSA: Health Official Says You Can Get Pregnant from Swimming in a Pool

Source - Women can fall pregnant in swimming pools 'even without penetration' if men with 'strong sperm' ejaculate into the water, an Indonesian child protection boss has claimed.

Sitti Hikmawatty, the comissioner for health, narcotics and addictive substances at the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), made the extraordinary claims in an interview with the Tribun Jakarta last week.

Ms Hikmawatty - whose surname translates as 'wisdom' - has apologised for her comments, saying they were made in a 'personal capacity', after she faced backlash on social media. 

Doctors in Indonesia have said it would be impossible for women to get impregnated in this way.

'There is an especially strong type of male sperm that may cause pregnancy in a swimming pool,' said Ms Hikmawatty. 

'Even without penetration, men may become sexually excited (by women in the pool) and ejaculate, therefore causing a pregnancy.

'If women are in a phase where they are sexually active, (such a pregnancy) may occur. No one knows for sure how men react to the  sight of women in a swimming pool.' ...

Indonesian blogger doctor, called Blog Dokter, said in response to her claims: ... 'I will emphasise here, swimming with the opposite sex will not cause pregnancy. Not all men who swim ejaculate and sperm cannot live in chlorinated pool water, let alone swim into the vagina.'

OK, now I'm just confused. Who are we supposed to believe? Doctors? Doctor bloggers? Or Sitti Hikmawatty? 

I think the smart money is on believing her. After all, she's not just some misinformed bureaucrat. She's Indonesia's Commissioner of Health. Doctors make mistakes all the time, otherwise people wouldn't be dying all over the place every day. Bloggers don't need to know a thing in order to write their opinions on the internet. I'm living proof of that. But they don't just let anybody be Commissioner of Health. You have to know stuff. 

So I'm definitely going with Commissioner Hikmawatty. Hell, her name means Wisdom for crying out loud. Besides, her argument makes perfectly valid, scientifically provable sense. What happens any time a man is in a pool with the ladies present? He gets sexually excited. He ejaculates in the water. If his male sperm (Point of order: Is there any other kind?) is an especially strong type, it could end up in the vagina. Why do you think doctors call them "swimmers" anyway? 

It makes you wonder how many women are in a phase where they are sexually active and then are minding their own business enjoying a nice day in a pool and get pregnant this way without even knowing it. It must be in the millions. Because while no one knows for sure how men react to the sight of women in a swimming pool, we do know how babies are made. Randomly. Without penetration. From total strangers. Pools are basically just Olympic-sized basins of sperm paddling around looking for the next egg to fertilize. And don't get Hikmawatty going on water parks. 

So all you unsuspecting females of child-bearing age, you know what to do next time you go in the water. You need more protection than just sunscreen. Forewarned is forearmed. This has been a public service announcement from the government of Indonesia. You're welcome.