The pandemic has hit everyone differently, to say the least. From a study conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBC), researchers have concluded that there was an increase in genital injuries in B.C. and COVID-19 was likely to blame. The research focused on Vancouver Island.
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The study, published online, states that during COVID-19, there was an increase in "genital trauma” in a B.C. area.
In a single week in Victoria, there were six different referrals for genital trauma or issues that were secondary to sexual behaviour.
The degree of each trauma varied but six intense cases were recounted in great detail in the study.
The first case involved a 46-year-old man with a “painful” four-day erection.
Another man in his 40s also reported that he heard a loud “pop” during intercourse. This was immediately followed by pain, bruising, and swelling.
If all you did was watch Netflix during isolation, you might want to count yourself lucky.
One man referenced in the research may have been a little too bored at home. He reportedly came into the emergency department with penile pain.
Upon examination and further history, it was determined that he was masturbating five times per day.
His instructions for care were to “reduce the daily episodes of self-stimulation.”
While the case studies mostly have to do with sex-related injuries, there were a few involving accidents.
In one case, a 45-year-old sustained an injury while riding an ATV with a friend.
The accident resulted in a right orchidectomy, which is the removal of one testicle.
Another non-sex-related accident involved a dog bite to the scrotum and penis.
The German Shepard allegedly bit the man when he was visiting his friend following reduced social isolation restrictions.
The study notes that all of these accidents took place during the pandemic but it's “difficult to say for certain” whether or not these cases would have happened had the stay-at-home orders not been in place.
Let’s just be thankful that restrictions are loosening and we can finally get outside and occupy our time in different ways.
If you're itching to get outside, you're in luck — B.C. locals might soon be able to travel around Canada.