Doctors were stunned when they found a sex toy stuck inside a woman they were treating for weight loss – and it had been there for ten years.
The woman went to hospital saying she was lethargic, incontinent and had been losing weight.
When the 38-year-old, from Aberdeen was given an X-ray, doctors found a five-inch sex toy in her vagina.
The woman, who has not been named, was found to be suffering a urinary blockage, and was diagnosed with vesicovaginal fistula, a condition which allows urine to flow into the vagina.
She said she had used the toy during a drunken night with a partner 10 years before, and could not remember removing it.
After surgeons removed the toy, the woman made a full recovery.
Experts writing in the Journal of Sexual Medicine said: “This case describes an extremely rare but potentially life-threatening case of obstructive uropathy caused by a chronically retained sex toy and adds to the list of potentially rare causes of a vesicovaginal fistula.”
They listed more than 40 cases involving other objects, including plastic aerosol caps which had been inserted as contraception.
Other items that have been discovered include a hairspray cap, a plastic cup and a child’s toy.
In one case in 2009, doctors discovered a 3×5 cm foreign body in a 72-year-old woman’s vagina – but she and the doctors were unable to work out what it was.
Doctors say people often deny knowledge of such items, due to embarrassment.