While there is no real drawback for a male character, there are a few questions you may want to ask yourself for a female character: how will it affect her reproductive organs?
There are three questions in that one right there:
1. Does her hymen fix itself every time it’s broken? This would mean that every time it is torn, whether through sexual acts or extreme exercise and flexibility, it will regrow (causing every instance of sex to feel like her first time, and thus painful).
2. Does it interfere with a period? Let’s face it, everyone knows that when a woman hits her time of month, there’s going to be blood. The question is whether that changes due to a healing factor.
3. Can she get pregnant and STAY pregnant? I’ll just leave that to your own thoughts, because it can get gory. Really gory.
Now, all three of the described scenarios are natural ones, so you could always use that as the reason, particularly for the second situation. For the first and third, however, you have leeway.
Now, that’s going to provide the option of a segue into my next piece: pregnancies.
A pregnancy is nothing new in a heterosexual relationship (though people get funky sometimes). However, there are times when you have a homosexual relationship and just want to give them a kid. There are several ways to go about this:
First, the three that can be done in almost any genre:
Adoption is ALWAYS an option. Never forget that.
For a yuri couple, finding a sperm donor is the most “normal” way of going about it.
For a yaoi couple, there is the option of hiring a surrogate.
These three are the ‘normal’ options.
Then we get into the supernatural or plausibly high-tech options:
Gender-bending and MPreg.
Gender-bending is something I’ve used before, and probably will again. Like it or not, it’s a lot less controversial of an option than MPreg. It gives you the option of satisfying people who want the kid to happen and like the couple but are still wary of “homosexual magic,” so to speak, like MPreg, or wary of homosexuality in general (which begs the question of why they’re reading the pairing, but we’ll leave that as-is for now). However, it may be a problem with people who feel that the original characterization is compromised, and that it loses you a spark of something that the problem had BEFORE the GB occurred.
And then there’s MPreg. A male pregnancy. Far, far more controversial of a topic in fandom than just plain old yaoi or even genderbending, and far harder to deal with. Sure, it gives the child, but that’s not the only thing to consider. For instance, how is the body affected? A man’s hips aren’t situated widely enough to carry a child without exacerbating the problems that pregnancy carries anyway (like back pain), and their organs and abdomen aren’t built to stretch like a woman’s. Moreover, where is the child situated? There isn’t a womb, nor a vaginal passage, for the fetus to develop in and exit through; if there is, then it’s not a male pregnancy, it’s an intersex one (which, while unlikely to happen in real life due to genetic issues, is far more possible, however implausible). There’s always options for magic or science to create a fake womb with no real exit, just a planned C-section, and go with that, but again, where would it be situated among the organs? There are plenty of things to keep in mind when writing an MPreg that many people seem to just forget.
Hope I’ve given you all a bit of food for thought, and that I haven’t offended anyone. If you’ve got something to comment on, then please do.
Whoa this is long, and very thought provoking. So here are my thoughts.
On the female bit:
1. No. I feel like this is a fundamental misunderstanding of the hymen. The hymen is a ring, not a covering. so it should be stretched out not broken. (Think about it this way, if the hymen really was a ring covering then how would periods happen? wouldn’t it stop up the blood?) The healing factor might cause her vagina to become tighter after sex (which is something that already happens. If you go a long time without sex your vagina will start to tighten back up.) a bit faster.
2. I would actually assume she would have super regular periods, since a healing factor would make her body work super normal, and cause her hormones to be more in sync than in a regular woman.
3. I would again assume no, because it’s a natural body process. Since the pregnancy does technically have it’s own DNA, and would be it’s own individual. So I would assume the pregnancy would progress as normal, and be deliverered as normal. (though c-section might not be an option, depending on how quick her healing factor is.)
On the male bit:
I have barely anything to add, but here’s what I got. the m in mpreg is male and is generally thought of to assume gender not sex. So if the person pregnant is biologically intersex but their gender is male, then it would still be mpreg. Then you’re line “There are plenty of things to keep in mind when writing an MPreg that many people seem to just forget.” I tend to disagree with that. Some people do forget, some don’t work it into their story. (So much of the actually how to is medical/science based. When writing cute fluffy family fic it can be really hard to work all that medical/science stuff in.) And there’s a lot of issues with understanding the biological differences between biological male and female, in that some sources don’t agree. Unless you get a degree in human biology you aren’t likely to actually know all the differences. (Such as females have more nerve endings per inch of skin, or a lower center of gravity. Some things are obvious like the wider hips, but some things not so much.)
Okay, I think I’m done with this now. sorry it’s long.