Man Hospitalized After Injecting Himself with Semen to ‘Cure’ Back Pain

Man Hospitalized After Injecting Himself with Semen to ‘Cure’ Back Pain

A man in Ireland found himself in the hospital after injecting himself with monthly doses of his own semen as he attempted to cure his chronic back pain.

If you can believe it, it’s the first documented case of semen injection for pain relief, the report published by the Irish Medical Journal said.

“The patient disclosed that he had intravenously injected his own semen as an innovative method to treat back pain,” the case report reads. “He had devised this ‘cure’ independent of any medical advice.”


Over a year and a half, the main self-administered these injections monthly. Instead of curing his back pain, he developed a bacterial skin infection and an abscess under the skin of his right forearm. Doctors discovered this after he came in for a physical exam, booked for his severe lower back pain.

Some back pain subsided during his hospital visit, leading to the man discharging himself before doctors could drain the, well, ‘local collection’.

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Undoubtedly curious after the man’s visit, researchers conducted a review of medical journals for mentions of “intravenous semen injection” as medical treatment; they found no support research, but found one report on the effects of semen injections for rats and rabbits.

What we can learn from this man is the dangers of untrained (and maybe unintelligent) people using needles, and the hazards of injecting substances unintended for that purpose.

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