Man injects self with own semen to treat back pain, develops abscess


A man in Ireland had been injecting his sperm into his arm for several months in an attempt to treat his back ache.

A 33-year-old man was admitted to Dublin Hospital for medical treatment after he repeatedly injected himself in the back with his own semen in order to treat an ongoing pain.

According to the doctors who reported the case, the man had been complaining about a severe, sudden onset of backache after lifting a heavy steel object.

The swollen region grew and hardened around the area on his arm where he'd injected his semen, and an x-ray revealed an area of trapped air beneath the man's skin.

"He had devised this "cure" independent of any medical advice", Dr. Dunne wrote in her report, titled "'Semenly' Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess".

He revealed that he injected one monthly "dose" of semen for 18 consecutive months using a hypodermic needle he bought online.

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Although there is a report of the effects of semen injection into rats and rabbits, there were no cases of intravenous semen injections into humans found across the literature, authors reported. However, before doctors were able to perform a routine surgery to cut and drain the collection, the patient chose to discharge himself.

This time around, he had injected three "doses" of semen, entering both his blood vessels and his muscles.

Officials said the man's back pain improved while he was in the hospital, and that they were able to give him intravenous antimicrobial treatment, but he discharged himself from the hospital before they could drain the "local collection".

Following the treatment with antibiotics, the redness on the man's arm spread and then hardened around the tiny injection wound over the next 24 hours.

But instead he needed to be hospitalised, and doctors have warned people of the risks posed by medical experimentation.