This Daily Mail story says that a woman went to court as her daughter got pregnant by swimming.

A mother is suing a hotel claiming her teenage daughter fell pregnant simply from using a hotel swimming pool.

Magdalena Kwiatkowska says the 13-year-old conceived after coming into contact with 'stray sperm' in the water of an Egyptian resort.

Can this be true?

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    I don't know how to prove this as false (Due we don't know chlorine level). I guess it is possible, but the chance should be roughly equal to a comet strinking the earth.
    – jawo
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 12:52
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    The idea that you can get pregnant from swimming is an old urban legend.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 14:34
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    Also to isolate all possible causations to one swim in a pool sounds like the hopeful thinking of someone who wants to maintain their own or their child's innocence. Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 13:20

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According to American Pregnancy it looks really improbable. Similar statements are made on the Oakland University website and on this website about contraception (which explicitly states it's impossible).
The girls should have been swimming naked and the "father" should have ejaculated just outside her vagina as sperm would be killed in a few second in the pool's water and it would not be able to "swim" in a pool.

It is more likely she actually had sex and tried to hide it from her (really gullible) parents.

  • While this does answer the question, the source cited is not very reputable as it seems to be a bare assertion by the website author.
    – March Ho
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 11:57
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    @MarchHo I added some more references
    – algiogia
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 14:46

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