After complaining of various health problems, a Scottish woman was found to have a sex toy inside her vagina – and that it had been left there for 10 years.
According to a report by STV News, the 38-year-old visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after contracting sepsis and experiencing severe weight loss and urinary incontinence. At the hospital, doctors conducted an X-ray of her abdomen, which showed the five-inch toy protruding into her bladder from her vagina.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman admitted to using the sex toy with her partner 10 years ago; she also noted that she had been under the influence of alcohol at the time and could not recall removing the toy.
After this revelation, the woman was diagnosed with vesicovaginal fistula – a condition that causes urine to flow into the vagina – as well as obstructive uropathy – in which a blockage in the bladder causes urine to back up into the kidneys. Surgeons at Aberdeen successfully removed the sex toy and repaired the near life-threatening damage.
Detailed in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the case may be the first time a sex toy has been left inside a woman’s body for such a long time. The longest known retention of a foreign object was 35 years.