Man is hospitalised after inserting 15 eggs up his bottom while on chemsex drug GHB
A man from the Netherlands had to be taken to hospital after taking the chemsex drug GHB and inserting 15 hard-boiled eggs up his rectum.
The man, 29, had taken the drug along with his partner but ended up requiring medical attention after the eggs tore his intestinal wall.
The man began to feel unwell with stomach pains later in the evening, according to the Dutch Magazine for Healthcare.
One of the doctors said: “Upon arrival the patient had tachycardia [high heart rate] and tachypnoea [rapid breathing]. Physical examinations showed abdominal guarding over the entire stomach.”
After a laparotomy, a surgical incision into the abdominal wall, the eggs were removed and the rupture they caused was repaired.
The doctor said: “The eggs were removed as well as we could and the abdominal cavity was thoroughly rinsed.”
Afterwards, the man was monitored in intensive care for several days before going home.
The trend of chemsex or “slamsex” – when drugs are injected for a more intense high – has increased in popularity in recent years due to the availability of certain drugs and the rise in dating and hook-up apps.
Drugs commonly snorted or swallowed include crystal meth, gamma hydroxybutyrate or mephedrone – but these can also be injected for greater effect.
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The individuals who attend these parties take drugs specifically to have enhance the enjoyment of sex, rather than traditional drug use that may later lead to sex.
The trend has been linked to risky behaviour, however. Gay and bisexual men who engage in chemsex are more likely to be newly diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections than those who do not, a study earlier this year found.
A French study published in the Contemporary Drug Problems Journal recently found that many men who attend chemsex parties were either craving a sense of being loved, or actively searching for it without success.
“The suffering and loneliness that follow romantic breakups can trigger uncontrolled drug use while feelings of ‘love fusion’ between ‘slammers’ can encourage further risk-taking,” lead researcher Romain Amaro explained.
“But romantic relationships can also provide crucial symbolic and material support to place limits on drug use in ways that reduce harm.”