She is a 29-year-old virgin who is happier by herself and finds kissing ‘awkward’.
But this hasn’t stopped Lauren, from a deeply religious community in Manitoba, Canada, from finding a sperm donor and she is now expecting her first baby in June.
She has gone against advice from her family, friends and doctors, and says that she is looking forward to being a virgin mother.
Lauren says that she is happy to remain a virgin for the rest of her life and hopes that her baby will help her escape a dating market that she finds difficult to deal with.
However, Lauren also suffers with hypopituitarism, a rare disorder that affects her hormones and has had a significant impact on her from a young age.
She told VICE: “I was born with hypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not formed properly. It doesn’t send the right hormonal messages to the other glands in the body, like the adrenaline gland or the ovaries.”
This means that Lauren experienced puberty far later in life than a lot of her friends and peers – something that they were well aware of.
She said: “I got teased for being flat chested or having buck teeth. Kids would latch on to anything that was different. A lot of that teasing has given me social anxiety to this day. My life started improving when I started looking like everyone else.”
Lauren also admits that she finds dating to be pointless. She says that, although she has been on a few dates, it’s ‘just not for her’ and she prefers to focus on herself.
However, she confessed that after becoming pregnant, there have been times when she has thought about having sex with someone just to see what it would be like.
Yet even her experiences with kissing have left her feeling awkward and unsure, and she says that kissing someone is not something that she wants ‘to relive’.
She said: “The hardest thing was probably getting pregnant. Initially my endocrinologist said it won’t happen, that I’ll need to get an egg donor and spend tens of thousands of dollars on IVF. I felt really shut down.”
And yet, despite the pressures of her family and growing up in an extremely religious community, Lauren is adamant that religion is not her motivation for motherhood.
Lauren said: “It’s the opposite of a religious reason. If you’re telling me I can’t do this, I’m going to do it anyway.”