Usually, people suffering from back pain would use essential oils, drink pain relievers, or immediately consult a doctor. But an unnamed 33-year-old man in Ireland used an odd treatment for his back pain: his own semen.
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All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the man injected his semen into the veins of his arm once a month for more than a year. The reason why he decided to devise this “cure” in the first place is still not determined. Medical experts have found no case for semen injection in any medical literature or even on “eclectic internet sites and forums.”
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Earlier this year, this bizarre case study, which was published in the Irish Medical Journal, described this as “the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment.” The condition of the patient was revealed when a doctor questioned the redness and swelling of his arm. He then confessed that he bought a hypodermic needle online and used it to inject doses of his own semen into the veins and muscles of his arm for 18 months. The man had also administered three more doses of semen after his back pain increased.
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As a result, the patient suffered from cellulitis (bacterial infection) and oedema (fluid retention). The doctors also reported lesions near where the injections had occurred. Air bubbles were found below his skin since the man’s injections had sometimes missed his veins. Semen accumulation in the soft tissue of the arm was also reported. Although the patient declined to have the fluid drained, the doctors treated him with antimicrobials for the infection.
According to the Daily Mail, a British daily middle-market newspaper published in London in a tabloid format, Dr. Lisa Dunne stated that it was rare to try and self-medicate this way. “The case also demonstrates the risks involved with medical experimentation prior to extensive clinical research,” she said.