NCBI ROFL: Vacuum cleaner injury to penis: a common urologic problem?

By ncbi rofl | April 9, 2010 6:00 pm

hoover“Erotic stimulation by the use of vacuum cleaners or electric brooms appears to be a common form of masturbation. Unfortunately, and contrary to apparent public appreciation, injury due to this form of autostimulation may not be unusual. Five cases of significant penile trauma resulting from this form of masturbation are presented, with a spectrum of severe injuries, including loss of the glans penis.”


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  • Rob H

    I once knew a kid who would do this in tandem with coating his scrotum in peanut butter and letting his dog lick it off. Needless to say, he hasn’t done much with his life.

  • Joanna Cake

    Friends who work on hospitals report this type of injury quite frequently, as well as foreign bodies stuck in the anus.

    I guess it must be a worry for any woman whose male cohabitees offer to ‘vacuum’ their rooms on a regular basis. You just don’t know what’s going to fall out when you empty the cylinder!

  • Best Canister Vacuum

    Lol, masturbating with a vacuum? now that’s hurt. For people who is using a vacuum for masturbating, buy a real one which is safer!

  • James

    not sure that suitable vacuum spares are available for this type of use!

  • Oven elements

    My goodmess, They say nothing sucks like a Electrolux!!! fridge spares Keep up the great articles.

  • Anonymous

    If you have a teenage boy, just lock you vacuum cleaner in a deadbolted closet haha… not saying all teen boys do this of course, it’s probably pretty rare.. but just to be safe. 


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