A 33-year-old man was hospitalized in Dublin for treatment of an abscess after he regularly injected himself with his own semen for 18 months as an alternative treatment for back pain.
After dutifully reporting the first ever case of a man injecting himself with his own semen to try to treat his back pain, the authors offered a warning: It's risky for the untrained to perform intravenous injections on themselves, especially when they're injecting things that aren't supposed to be injected into veins, like semen.
Dr. Dunne states that this man was using the unorthodox approach in order to help him with longstanding lower-back pain that he was enduring.
Presenting to the hospital with severe back pain, doctors examined him to find he had a subcutaneous abscess in his right arm from the injections. The IMJ report said he devised the "cure" independent of any medical advice.
But he'd only come into the emergency room when his back pain worsened after attempting to lift a heavy steel object.
He then admitted to doctors that he had injected his own semen into his arm every month for 18 months using a needle he purchased online.
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This time around, he had injected three "doses" of semen, entering both his blood vessels and his muscles. However, medics noticed a red rash and swelling in his forearm.
To treat the infection, the man was given intravenous antibiotics.
The only other medical study involving sperm injections took place in 1945, by scientists at the University of Glasgow.
However, it did say that there was a known report on "the effects of subcutaneous semen injection into rats and rabbits" - lucky animals.
"There were no cases of intravenous semen injection into humans found across the literature", she said.
If there is anything to learn from it, the paper cites that it "demonstrates the risks involved with medical experimentation prior to extensive clinical research".