WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A teen who placed numerous metal balls into his penis due to curiosity was operated on by a team of Chinese doctors earlier this month.
- Too embarrassed to seek medical treatment, the magnets remained in his penis for three months eventually causing him abdominal pains.
- No matter how bizarre the incident is, a study confirmed that foreign objects are normally found by urologists in the urethra, usually during acts of seeking sexual pleasure.
Earlier this month, southeastern China doctors removed dozens of magnetic balls from a teenager’s penis that the boy had apparently inserted “out of curiosity”.
According to reports by Chinese media, a team of surgeons at Xi’an Children’s Hospital in the capital of China’s north-western Shaanxi Province removed 29 magnetic balls from the 13-year-old boy known only as Lin.
The Daily Mirror reports that Zhang Yanyan, the urologist who treated the boy, related that when the teen was playing with the metal balls about three months ago he became curious and decided to insert the balls into his urethra. He started pulling them out when he started to feel some discomfort. Because the magnets separated, some were left inside his urethra.
Too embarrassed to tell his parents or to seek medical treatment, the boy had unbelievably had the magnetic balls in his body for three months, although admitted to experiencing abdominal pains for all those months. Three months later, his parents discovered after noticing him walking with a limp.
Similarly, another incident of an 11-year-old inserting 70 magnetic balls into his penis was recently reported in eastern China. Again, it was caused by curiosity.
However, both are not isolated cases. According to a study reviewed in the journal JRSM Short Reports entitled ‘Putting Lead in Your Pencil’, foreign objects inserted into the urethra are often encountered by urologists.
In an example mentioned in the study, a 62-year-old man inserted three AAA-sized batteries up his penis, the researchers explained that the act which is also known as “cock- stuffing,” “sounding,” or “urethral play,” is done with the goal of experiencing sexual pleasure.
Regardless, this act results in risks of physical trauma to the urethra and infection.
Bottom line is, according to Dr. Jamie Wells, Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health, “putting items where they aren’t intended, could be putting your life at risk. If there is an untoward event after an ill-advised or accidental activity, then do not delay seeking emergency medical treatment.”
Source: IFL Science