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Why did Marie Antoinette and King Louis have difficulty producing a child?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. Marie Antoinette had married Louis XVI and their marriage remained unconsummated for seven years. Marie was willing but the king had a problem: He had been diagnosed as having phimosis, which makes having sex very painful. An operation was available to correct the condition but the king did not want surgery. It is not known if Louis had the operation but the marriage was finally consummated.

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