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Bicycles, sex toys among most common causes of injury to genitals

Written by: QMI Agency
Nov. 13, 2012

A cyclist is pictured on a bike lane in Toronto in this QMI Agency file photo. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)


Sports equipment and grooming tools are the leading causes of injury to adults' genitals, according to new data published in the Journal of Urology.

Everyday consumer products sent an estimated 142,144 adults to U.S. emergency departments with GU (genitourinary) injuries between 2002 and 2010. More than two-thirds of them were men (69%).

Sport and exercise equipment, particularly bicycles, accounted for a large proportion of injuries (38.9%), particularly in men 18 to 28 years old. Bathroom mishaps were responsible for 10.4% of injuries. Notable were toilet injuries "mostly due to a toilet seat crushing a man's penis or scrotum." Falls in the bathroom were the most common cause of injury to men over 65.

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Articles of clothing accounted for 9.4% of injuries, "dominated by penile zipper injuries," the study found.

Furniture-related injuries, mostly from falls or "straddle-type injuries when trying to jump or step over a chair," prompted 9.2% of ER visits.

Injuries happened more frequently during the summer months and most often consisted of bruises, 21.2%; cuts, 16.8%; or irritation or burn, 5.7%, such as from spilling hot coffee.

For women, personal grooming proved dangerous. Bathing products, including razors, scissors and clippers, caused 16.1% of injuries in the pubic region.

Sex toys were responsible for 8.6% of injuries to women and 4.3% of injuries to men.

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