A 30-year-old man shoved six kidney beans inside his penis for sexual pleasure – but they ended up getting stuck.
The unidentified man, of Michigan, wanted to ‘express the beans during ejaculation’, doctors revealed.
But his goal of shooting them out with ‘natural emission’ failed, prompting him to try to pluck the beans out using tweezers.
The man’s attempts failed and he went to the hospital, where he also told medics he had difficulties urinating.
He confessed that he had engaged in the sex act before but had ‘never attempted to utilise this many beans’, doctors wrote in the journal Urology Case Reports.
After performing surgery to remove the beans, the patient made a full recovery and was discharged.
The beans removed from the man’s urethra were around 15mm long and 7mm wide. The first of the six beans was extracted manually and the remaining five (pictured) were removed through surgery
A scan revealed the final bean made it into the man’s bladder
Some of the beans were found in the bulbar urethra area (pictured), which is a spot around halfway between the opening of the urethra and the bladder
What is sounding? And why can it be dangerous?
Sounding is when men insert items into the opening of the penis to enhance their sexual pleasure.
It usually involves specially designed tools made from glass or metal.
Doctors at clinic International Andrology London said there has been a ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of men having urethral problems due to sounding as men ‘look to expand their sexual activities and enhance their sexual experiences’
Men interested in the practice should understand the risks and purchase equipment from reputable businesses and ensure they do it hygienically.
But they warned the practice can damage the sensitive tissue in the urethral pathway, which releases urine and sperm.
It can also lead to a lack of bladder control and infection.
And the penis and urethra may even require surgery or implants to rebuild sensitive tissue.
Doctors at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, who treated a man who put kidney beans in his urethra for sexual pleasure, said it’s important for doctors to work out why someone has engaged in sounding.
If they continue to do it they are at higher risk of infection, severe injury or ‘permanent disfigurement’, they said.
So patients may need to be referred for psychiatric care or counselling on safe sex practices to prevent them from doing it again, the medics added.
Source: International Andrology London
Dr Margeaux Dennis, who treated the patient, said putting objects in the urethra has ‘intrigued urologists for years’.
Reasons for doing so can include sexual stimuation called ‘sounding’, mental illness and even sexual assault.
But it is often hard to work out why someone has put something in their urethra due to ‘the taboo nature of the topic’, the medics said.
The report stated the man tried to take the beans out of his urethra through ‘natural emission’ and using tweezers, but was unable to.
Emergency department staff at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing also tried to remove the beans ‘without success’.
A CT scan showed he had six beans in his urethra, which were 15mm by 7mm each.
Urologists managed to remove one bean manually with numbing cream, squeezing his urethra and using a tweezer-like tool.
But because it was so tricky to remove, the following day an operation was carried out to remove the remaining five beans.
Medics took them out by stretching the man’s urethra open and inserting a tube to pass surgical tools through.
They used graspers – a long metal tool with tweezers on the end – and a basket that can scoop objects up in one piece.
Four of the beans were found in the bulbar urethra – a spot around halfway between the opening of the urethra and the bladder. One had made it into his bladder.
Doctors wrote there was ‘minimal’ trauma to the man’s urethra and the patient was discharged on the same day.
In a previous case when a person put kidney beans in their urethra, doctors had to use a camera to look inside after the beans ‘had swollen over several days which made endoscopic retrieval impossible’, according to the doctors’ report.
Open surgery may be required if the objects inside the urethra are large, irregularly shaped or very small, they said.
Incidences of objects being put into the urethra are ‘rare’, but are higher among people with underlying psychiatric problems, medics said.
It’s important for doctors to work out why someone has done it, because if they continue to do it they are at higher risk of infection, severe injury or ‘permanent disfigurement’, their report states.
So patients may need to be referred for psychiatric care or counselling on safe sex practices to prevent them from doing it again, they said.
If patients do not have access to health services they are at more risk, with one patient inserting a 40cm long household pipe into his urethra when suffering from urinary retention, the medics added.