Two drunk friends were left with swollen penises after injecting each other with piles cream they heard could give them extra girth
- French men, both in their thirties, were inspired by dodgy YouTube ‘tutorial’
- Injected their penises with anti-hematoma cream – sometimes used to treat piles
- Medics in Strasbourg believe cream clogged the lymph vessels in their members
Two drunk friends were left with swollen penises after injecting each other with a cream they heard could give them extra girth.
The French men, both in their thirties, watched a YouTube ‘tutorial’ that offered bogus tips on how they could get a bigger penis.
It told them to inject themselves with an anti-hematoma cream — sometimes used to treat piles — to boost the size of their members. But instead of experimenting on themselves, they decided to inject each other.
Doctors who treated the unidentified pair revealed they suffered from ‘progressive painful swelling of the penis during the night’ and went to hospital the next morning.
Both men complained it hurt when the medics touched their penis to inspect the damage. And gruesome pictures published in a medical journal showed the extent of their swelling.
Medics fear the cream blocked lymph vessels in the penis, stopping the body from naturally clearing excess fluid and causing it to swell.
Both men were told to rest and take painkillers, in the hope that the swelling would go down on its own.
But the dermatologists at the Strasbourg University Hospital have no idea if the men have permanently damaged their penises as a result of their drunken experiment – because they never bothered to return for a check-up.
Two drunk friends were left with swollen penises after injecting each other with an anti-hematoma cream – sometimes used to treat piles – to boost the size of their members
Writing about the case in the journal ‘Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie’, the team said: ‘Self-injection into the penis is an old practice.
‘It may be motivated by the desire to have a larger penis in order to increase self-esteem or to achieve enhanced sexual performance, or it may be part of chem-sex practices, among other reasons.
‘It is becoming more accessible since patients can now watch online tutorials, as occurred in the present case.’
But the medics warned men that injecting their penises can lead to painful ulcers, gangrene, and erectile dysfunction.
Dr Rich Viney, a consultant urologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, told MailOnline: ‘In this story we have two amateurs, under the influence of alcohol, injecting a product not designed to be injected in their penises under the guidance of a YouTube video.
‘This was never going to work out well and there’s a real likelihood that there will be irreversible damage with long term implications for their erections. This is something no right minded individual would do.
‘Ultimately, the augmentation of the appearances of the genitals for both men and women carry with it risks of scarring and infection, poor results and a possible loss of function.
‘If someone wants to explore interventions of this kind they should consult with a suitably qualified specialist and ideally seek more than one opinion.’
Dr Viney said men looking to increase the girth of their penis was becoming increasingly popular.
But he warned people against trying DIY plastic surgery at home, urging them to leave it to experts or risk permanent damage.
Dr Viney added: ‘The injection of fillers, similar to those used in the face, have been used to enhance penile girth (they can’t enhance length).
‘Great care needs to be taken in this setting and should only be done (if at all) by a specialist with suitable experience.
‘The injections are into the superficial tissues. If you inject into the corpora themselves the product will interfere with the drainage of blood from the penis and could cause priapism (a painless and persistent erection) which would rapidly lead to irreversible damage to the penis causing long term erectile issues.’
Transgender woman, 24, is forced to have testicle removed after it became twisted in agonising injury caused by ‘tucking’
A transgender woman needed to have one of her testicles removed because of her habit of ‘tucking’ – made famous through hit TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
The unidentified 24-year-old, from the Philippines, had not yet undergone full gender reassignment surgery.
The avid cross-dresser pushed her testicles back into her stomach four times a week ever since becoming an adult, in an effort to hide her genitals.
Her habit often caused her pain but she shrugged it off.
But when pulling her testicles back down into her scrotum during her final attempt, one of them twisted around the cord it dangles from.
The grisly accident – known as testicular torsion – left the woman in unbearable pain and cut off the blood supply to her genitals.
Without urgent treatment to get blood flowing again the testicle can die and have to be removed.
Experts told MailOnline that while there is little research into the dangers of tucking, it does pose an obvious threat to testicles. They said any severe testicle pain lasting at least 20 minutes should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Tucking is a common practice in trans and drag communities, with the habit being featured in VH1’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race.