I feel that I am pretty open and relaxed when it comes to sex, but then I guess none of us like to think we are lacking in sexual prowess or struggling with major hang-ups. Certainly, I do not concern myself with the techniques other people use to get off. However, there are some practices that do not appeal to me at all, not least of all for safety reasons (e.g. auto-erotic asphyxiation) and I just came across one of these today—urethral manipulation. Actually, I had heard of it before, but never read up on it.
Urethral manipulation is a fetish in which a person derives sexual pleasure from having objects inserted into their urethra. Most published work on this practice is from physicians called upon to remove foreign objects from urethrae, and mostly they see men, although women do practice it as well. So, most of the main stream information derives from manipulations gone wrong.
Based on case reports, it is estimated that almost all men and about 85% of women who engage in urethral manipulation do it for sexual stimulation. Other reasons for urethral manipulation include psychiatric disorders, drug intoxication, mental confusion, sexual curiosity, and/or a desire to get relief from urinary symptoms.
In his article Mark Griffiths lists some of the objects removed from patients: a penicillin bottle, foam sealant, a safety pin, a pencil, an electrical wire, 2 AAA batteries, a plastic chopstick, and magnets. In a 2000 paper in the Journal of Urology, the authors examined 800 cases from the medical literature between 1755 and 1999 and groups the objects recorded.
- Animals or parts of animals (e.g., coyote’s rib, dog’s penis, leech, snails, animal bones)
- Plants and vegetables (e.g., slippery elm, grass, cucumbers, pistachio shells)
- Sharp and lacerating objects (e.g., pencils, pins, needles)
- Wire like objects (e.g., cables, catheters, rubber tubes)
- Fluids and powders (e.g., nasal mucus, glue, cocaine)
Caution must be taken, as infection can easily develop from non-steralized implements. In the case of the pencil mentioned, the man did not seek medical help to remove it and died of the resulting infection. Fortunately deaths are very infrequent.
If this type of thing does interest you, more information and some tips on avoiding infections can be found on KennedyRay’s Weblog. (definitely NSFW). He recommends the use of a stainless steel ‘sound’ for stimulation.
I wrote this article because my curiosity was piqued after coming across an article in an Australian news site about a Canberra man who had a fork removed from his urethra. According to the article, the fork was inserted completely out of sight, but could be felt and was obvious on the x-ray.
This incident was reported originally in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. A pdf copy of the report can be found here.
A 70-year-old man presents to the Emergency Department with a bleeding urethral meatus following self-insertion of a fork into the urethra to achieve sexual gratification. Multiple retrieval methods were contemplated with success achieved via forceps traction and copious lubrication.
Should you read the case study, be prepared for a graphic image of the removal of the fork.
If urethral manipulation appeals to you a form of getting off, enjoy yourself, but please be careful.