As we inch toward 2018 and close the book on a chaotic 2017, it is time to reflect on the high points and not-so-proud moments of the year.
We hope most escaped the year without injury, though this wasn’t the case for the unlucky men and women below who were hospitalized after losing a variety of strange objects in their vaginas and penises.
You read correctly.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s database of emergency room visits, the items found in females included a candlestick, headphones, phone, cash, and bike reflector.
In penises, doctors reported finding a “small screw”, domino piece, and a piece of a shampoo bottle.
At an average length of 9.6 centimeters, the candlestick, bike reflector and headphones exceeded the capacity of the vagina and required doctors’ help to remove them.
Objects such as tampons, condoms, and diaphragms are designed to placed inside a vagina.
However, others placed inside are referred to as ‘foreign bodies’ and can cause foul smells and bleeding if left in for too long.
This was the year of the strange vagina cleansing trends that included inserting a ground-up wasp nest in the vagina and cleaning it with a cucumber, which experts warned could do more harm than good.
No wasps or cucumbers were found this year, however it appears women were forging their own trends with clay, lollipops and deodorant caps.
Doctors warn that if a foreign object is stuck in the vagina it may require a visit to a gynecologist, and in serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
But, before you get too judgy, it is important to note that women were not the only ones who experienced genital mishaps in 2017.
American men experimented with screws, spoons, and cables, placing them up the shaft.
One patient ‘put a paperclip through the urethra and punctured through shaft of penis,’ according to the report.
An MRI or CT scan can spot the foreign bodies that have gone too far into the shaft and gotten lost.
In the case of a 50-year-old man who had chopsticks stuck in his shaft, a urologist surgically removed the foreign objects while the patient was under general anesthesia before it perforated the shaft or any organs.
If that didn’t make you cringe, perhaps you’ll end up on the list in 2018? Here’s a safe year of genital exploration.
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