- Papua New Guinea doctors are warning that botched penis enlargements have become a “nationwide problem,” The Guardian reported Friday.
- Hundreds of men in the south Pacific nation have reportedly injected substances like coconut oil and cooking oil into their penises.
- Side effects can range from lumpy masses in the penis to erectile dysfunction.
- The procedures are mostly administered by off-the-book nurses who want to make extra money.
Doctors in the south Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea warned that botched penis enlargements have become a “nationwide problem” as men increasingly turn to DIY procedures, The Guardian reported.
The hype has driven men to inject substances like coconut oil, cooking oil, and silicone into their genitalia. The effects can be serious, and sometimes irreversible, doctors say.
Akule Danlop, a surgeon at Port Moresby General Hospital, told the British newspaper that his clinic has helped at least 500 men in the past two years, though it is hard to pinpoint how many people are being affected.
“The bulk of them have abnormal, lumpy masses growing over the penis and sometimes involving the scrotum. A good number are coming in with ulcers; they eventually burst open,” he said.
“Some of them have difficulty urinating because the foreskin is so swollen it cannot contract.”
Danlop, who is the only doctor on the Pacific island nation who can treat these cases surgically, has operated on 90 men already. In a few extreme cases, the men were unable to have an erection afterwards.
Glen Mola, a reproductive health professor at University of Papua New Guinea, told The Guardian that the procedures are sometimes carried out by off-the-book health workers, who are “conning” men to pay up for these risky procedures.
“It’s male nurses mainly I think. These people are doing it off licence of course. It’s nothing to do with their regular job,” he said.
“They’re making money on the side. It’s a sort of hype: ‘I can do this for you, I can produce something big for you.’ They fall for this.”
The men who seek medical treatment represent all social groups and are mostly 18-40 years old, Danlop told The Guardian.
“Mainly the reason they have said is to increase the length and the girth of it to enhance their sexual experience with their partner,” he said.
To Mola, it is not surprising that men across the entire country are presenting these insecurities.
“I don’t think it’s particularly a [Papua New Guinea] thing, in every society, adolescents and young men have a thing about their penis,” he told The Guardian.
Both doctors now want to raise awareness about the dangers of receiving these injections in the media and through information sessions.
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