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Wedding Ring Penile Strangulation

Woman slips her married lover's wedding ring onto his penis?

Published Jan. 2, 2007


Claim:   A deceived woman exacts revenge on her married lover by slipping his wedding ring onto his penis.


UNDETERMINED: A Romanian philanderer was victimized in this fashion in 2005.
TRUE: Emergency room doctors have removed stuck wedding rings from penises.

Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2007]

True Story from Houston Medical Center

A man went to the hospital to have his wedding ring cut off from his pen!s.

According to the Nurse attending, the patient's girl friend found the ring in his pants pocket and she got so mad at him, she used petroleum jelly to slip the ring on his pen!s while he was asleep.

I don't know what's worse:

1) Having your girl friend find out you're married.
2) Explaining to your wife how your wedding ring got on your pen!s.
3) Or finding out your pen!s fits through your wedding ring.

[Collected via e-mail, 2006]

Recently a man had to go to the hospital to have his wedding ring cut off his penis after his mistress found the ring in his pants pocket and got so mad at him she stuck it on him while he was asleep.

Which is worse?
1) having your mistress find out you're married, (and commit revenge in this way.)
2) explaining to your wife/ER doctor how your wedding ring got on your penis.
3) Or finding out your penis fits through your wedding ring.

[Hoffman, 2005]

A Romanian man limped into the hospital and pulled down his pants to reveal his wedding ring stuck on his penis.

The patient, who is married with two kids, told doctors he had a one-night stand with another woman. He couldn't say how the ring ended up where it was, but suspected the woman wanted to embarrass him because he fell asleep during sex.

Doctors got the ring off, but couldn't cure the man's embarrassment.


Origins:   In March 2005 various media outlets picked up on a story said to have originated in Romania, about a married man whose girlfriend took revenge on him by putting his penis through his wedding ring while he was sleeping. Her motivation for doing so was variously described as payback for her boyfriend's having fallen asleep after making love to her, or because her search of his pockets while he was enjoying a post-coital nap turned up a wedding ring (a discovery that revealed his nuptialized state). Whatever the reason for her ire, though, her act of vengeance was to slip his wedding ring over his male member, thereby setting him up for a world of hurt upon his return from dreamland.

Unfortunately, the information provided in any of the various "trapped Romanian" news item is too sketchy to allow for confirmation of the tale's details. Although some tellings identified the victim as a married father of two, none of them included his name, nor was his girlfriend

named. And while some accounts specified that the victim was from "Rovinari, Jiu county," that tidbit of information is also problematic as Rovinari, a mining town in Romania with a population of about 12,000, is in the county of Gorj. (The location given was perhaps a mistranscription or confusion of some other city with Târgu Jiu, the capital of Gorj.)

Although the tale of the trapped Romanian and his vengeful girlfriend can neither be confirmed nor dismissed, its premise — that men have gone limping into emergency rooms with wedding rings well and truly lodged on their penises — is factual. While this might not be the most common of penile injury for an E.R. staff to encounter, it has happened enough times that it can't be regarded as startlingly unusual. For example, in April 2004 firemen had to bring a jewelers saw to the casualty unit at Torbay Hospital in Devon (UK) to facilitate such a ring removal from a man in his fifties. (Rather than trust the medical staff with the procedure, the gentleman took the machine and, under supervision, cut the ring off himself.) A U.S. medical journal article reported in 2003 the case of a 59-year-old man who sought treatment three hours after placing his wedding ring on the base of his penis for autoerotic purposes. Once again, a metal ring cutter effected the man's escape.

Well-stocked emergency rooms keep jewelry saws on hand because patients of both sexes have been known to turn up with a variety of metal objects affixed in all manner of bodily locations — some embarrassing, some not. Oftentimes, submitting these items to the ministrations of a jewelry saw proves the best way of freeing such patients from their predicaments. Thicker metallic objects are hacked off with bolt cutters or the same types of instruments used to cut accident victims from wrecked vehicles.

As for male-specific incidents, penile strangulation is a devastating injury that can result in gangrene and loss of the appendage. Such mishaps, as embarrassing as they may be, need to be dealt with promptly; if a man can't free himself from whatever mischief he's gotten up to, he needs to get himself to an emergency room post-haste rather than waste a few hours (or even days) futilely hoping the matter will resolve itself.

While it lies within the realm of possibility that acts of revenge upon the unconscious could account for an entrapment or two of this nature, when medical literature describes how patients have come to be in such distress, such injuries are invariably described as self-inflicted: the patient was either seeking an increase in sexual performance (by retarding ejaculation through keeping the penis rigid) or pursuing auto-erotic or masochistic pleasure.

Barbara "more simply, fear not the vengeful girlfriend; a man's worst enemy is himself" Mikkelson
Last updated:   9 May 2014


    Hoffmann, Bill.   "Weird But True."

    New York Post.   11 March 2005   (p. 29).

    Perabo, F.G.E.   "Treatment of Penile Strangulation Caused by Constricting Devices."

    Urology Review.   February 2003.

    Daily Record.   "Victim Was in a Gold Sweat."

    17 April 2004   (p. 11).

    MX [Melbourne, Australia].   "Ring Fling Woe Ends in Small Talk."

    11 March 2005   (p. 6).

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