Sex toy injuries surged since Fifty Shades of Grey


The number of Americans requiring emergency room care for injuries involving sex toys has approximately doubled since 2007.

According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, much of that increase happened in 2012 and 2013, following the release of the wildly popular erotic novels in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

And the overwhelming majority of these injuries – 83 percent – require “foreign body removals.”

These injuries all involved what we’d think of as sex toys – the full range you might imagine, and a few you might not. (Follow to the CPSC data and dig into product code 1610 for the full R-rated descriptions.)

Sex toy injuries chart

The figures are estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is a nationally representative annual survey of hospital emergency room data, with an emphasis on injuries involving consumer products. Patient information is completely anonymized to protect privacy.

According to the CPSC, it collects this data “to measure the number of injuries associated with the thousands of different consumer products in the marketplace.”

The CPSC has tracked ER visits related to “massage devices and vibrators” going back to 1991. Until the early 2000s, there were a small number of these injuries each year — hence, the lighter shaded bars in the chart above represent low-confidence estimates.

But around 2003, the number of these injuries surpassed the agency’s significance threshold, giving a greater degree of confidence in the numbers for the years after 2004.

Read the article at Washington Post






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