Claim: A woman sought medical help to remove a deer tongue she had used for self-pleasuring purposes.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2004]
Every month in “The Journal of Human Sexuality,” they publish a “case of the month.”
One of my favorites involved a married woman who went to the gynecologist complaining of a malodorous discharge.
The doctor performed an exam, but the discharge wasn’t characteristic of any of the usual maladies that sometimes plague women.
He wasn’t all that alarmed, though, until the results of the pap smear came back.
The report indicated that the cells “weren’t human.” It didn’t venture a guess as to the origin of the
The doctor asked the woman to come back for a repeat exam. He put her in the stirrups, inserted his speculum into the woman’s vagina, and scooped out a large piece of loose, decaying flesh.
Remarkably, it looked like a long tongue, but certainly not a human tongue.
The woman, upon questioning, finally confessed that her husband was a hunter. He had recently brought home a deer and gutted and dressed it in their garage. She saw the tongue, admired its length, and had snuck off with it to use as a masturbatory aid.
She didn’t remember leaving it up there.
Origins: Although we can’t confirm all the details of the item quoted above (it may have become embellished through multiple retellings, or it may derive
from a source other than the one we located), we can verify that the basics of the incident related are true.
A 1990 article published in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology described a case in which a 29-year-old woman visited a clinic “complaining of missed periods and seeking termination of a possible pregnancy.” The examining physician found and removed a “cylindrical mass of pale-gray tissue”
The journal article provided no details about how the woman had obtained the deer tongue, how long it had been lodged in her vagina, or whether she had truly forgotten about it until she started missing periods. (It’s quite possible the patient inserted the tongue only a day or two earlier, been unable to retrieve it herself, and then made up a story about being concerned over missed periods and a possible pregnancy as a means of prompting a doctor’s examination because she was too embarrassed to disclose to medical personnel the true nature of her complaint.)
The authors of the article did, however, explain their motivations for presenting this case history via a medical journal:
The topic of autoeroticism usually enters the medical literature through reviews or case reports detailing death or injury. Our review of the Index Medicus found
The medical literature reveals only seven references to bestiality. None of them deals with the issue of using nonviable animal tissue for autoerotic purposes. This report is presented so that xenoerotic objects may be placed on the list of possible masturbatory tools that may come to the attention of medical personnel.
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Aliabadi, H., et al. “Self-Inflicted Foreign Bodies Involving Lower Urinary Tract and Male Genitals.” The Journal of Urology. 26:12-16, 1985. Randall, M. Barry, M.D., et al. “Xenolingual Autoeroticism.” The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 11(1):89-92, 1990.