Shocked medical staff at a clinic in the central Colombian town of Honda have discovered and removed a potato growing inside a patient’s vagina, local media reported on Wednesday.
The bizarre discovery was made when the staff attended a 22-year-old woman complaining of severe abdominal pain.
The clinic doctor called it his first case of “papas vagina” and said he hoped it would be his last. He confirmed, however, that the potato had proven to be an effective contraceptive: the patient was not pregnant.
The embarrassed young woman explained that she had been advised by her mother to insert a potato into her vagina as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancy. She said the potato was only a small sprout when she put it in place.
“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 unnamed patient was quoted as saying by news website HSB Noticias.
The woman’s mother refused to be interviewed but the mother’s sister said she believed that her niece misunderstood that the instructions were a joke. “We often tell young women that a 50 peso coin held tightly between the knees will prevent pregnancy but, of course, that’s a joke too,” she. “I haven’t heard of the potato until today.”
The attending physician, who asked not to be identified, said he will never think of potatoes the same again. He added: “I’ll probably pass on the papas fritas with my hamburger tonight.”