Sex-toy injuries have doubled overall since 2007, and according to recent figures, they saw a spike in 2012 and 2013 following the release of the Fifty Shades trilogy. 83% of the recorded injuries required the removal of a foreign object, which reminds me of a really funny story.
I won’t be revealing names because of HIPAA, so don’t ask. That said, I’m really close to a respiratory therapist that saw something really funny one night in the ER. Some random guy came in because he had something stuck inside of his anus. These kinds of things unfortunately happen, so the nurses and doctors weren’t too concerned. While they were walking to give the man an x-ray, they heard a strange, faint rattling coming from inside of him. They took the x-ray and were able to locate the dildo along with a bottle of aspirin. Yep, the dildo just wasn’t doing it for this guy, so he taped a bottle of pills to the dildo and gulped it all up with his anus – turning him into a human rattler, lol. The doctors removed the dildo and the pills and returned them to the owner.
Adult toys were a $608 million business in 2013. Market research firm IBIS World credits the 50 Shades novels with driving much of the industry’s 7.5 percent year-over-year growth. With sales rising and the use of sex toys becoming more widespread, it’s only natural that a certain percentage of people will take things too far and require hospital care as a result. Now that the movie has been released, it’s likely that interest will only increase. If you plan on being adventurous with sex toys after reading/watching 50 Shades of Grey, please be careful.