Mar 252011

There is a report that a man was sentenced to two years in prison for breaking a restraining order. He was found naked in someone else’s farm, covered in cow manure, masturbating. This is apparently the third time he’s been caught trespassing. I read this article and thought, “Hmmm this is a good opportunity to talk about scat play!”.

Unlike urine, feces is not sterile at all. The colon (aka: the large intestine) is filled with lots of bacteria – mostly good ones. The feces that passes through the colon is, naturally, full of bacteria. These bacteria, while they may do good in the colon, are definitely not good to have elsewhere in the body. They can cause infection, like vaginal or urinary tract infections. If you have parasites or a virus, you’ll find them in feces too.

So how can a person play with feces safely? By:

  • using barriers like condoms, dental dams, and gloves to avoid contact with the feces. This is especially important for mucous membranes that are part of the vagina, penis, mouth, nose, and eyes. Skin, even when it looks healthy, can have microscopic cuts and tears. Barriers are safer than bare intact skin, which is safer than skin with cuts or tears. Breaks in the skin provide a way for ickies to get in!
  • only doing fecal play when physically well and the source of the feces is healthy and well, and especially avoiding times when having diarrhea.
  • not ingesting feces because of the possibility of disease.
  • not doing fecal play while pregnant or immunocompromised.

Non-human feces can carry different and harmful diseases. For example, cats can carry Toxoplasma gondii. It’s the bug that causes toxoplasmosis, which can be deadly in people with compromised immune systems.

Fecal play needs to be discussed with your physician. In case of illness, that physician needs to know what exposures you’ve had in order to make the best diagnosis. If your physician doesn’t know that you are exposed to feces, then s/he may miss something vital and misdiagnose you! (assuming you are sick)

Other resources:

Basic information

From Go Ask Alice!

Common parasites

Feb 252011

(UPDATED 3/30/11 – take a look at the bottom of the post)

A case report showed up in my feed recently. A woman and her partner were using a glue container in her urethra and it got lodged in her urinary bladder. They couldn’t remove it, so they went to the emergency department, where it was removed. She was discharged after a few hours of observation.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about urethral sounding. Urethral sounding (usually just called “sounding” in the kink community) is when a cylindrical object is inserted into the urethra. Most of the resources I found were aimed at men, but women can do this also (Note: the urethra in men and women are different lengths and shapes! Knowing anatomy is helpful here).

Sounds should be made out of stainless steel, hardened rubber, or a similar material. They should not have ANY cracks or deformities. Glass, although traditional, is a bad idea because it can break within the urethra. Sounds need to be sterilized before and after use! Lubrication should be water-based and glycerin-free (Source). Glycerin (aka glycerol) is a sugar, and thus can serve as food for bacteria. Yickes! I’ve seen at least one guide recommend using individual lube packets to prevent contamination.

Risks include urinary tract infections (UTIs), from poor sanitation or scratching the urethra. UTIs can lead to bladder infections and kidney infections if not treated. Cranberry juice or pills can be taken to help prevent UTIs, but should NOT replace proper hygiene.

Please talk with your doctor regarding sounding and your own health history if you plan to play with it.

Other resources (may be seriously NSFW): Library

Sin Central Forums


UPDATE 3/30/11:

Hey folks! Thanks for all the interest in this post. If you want to know more about urethral sounding (especially female sounding), check out Mistress160’s excellent informational page on her blog (warning: site contains very graphic images). If you have further questions, feel free to ask here, on Fetlife, or contact your local BDSM organization(s) and/or dungeons.