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Claim: A woman sought medical help to remove a deer tongue she had used for masturbatory purposes.
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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
A 1990 article from 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 article provided no details about how the woman 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 likely that the patient had inserted the tongue only a day or two earlier, had been unable to retrieve it herself, and had 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 explain their motivation for presenting this case history in a journal article:
The topic of autoeroticism usually enters the medical literature through reviews or case reports detailing death or injury. Our review of the Index Medicus foundLast updated: 26 February 2006
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.
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