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Doctor Robert Glatter advised people not to delay treatment when sex-related injuries occurEddie Keogh/Reuters

A 17-year-old man, who deliberately inserted a pencil up his rectum and had sex, was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain. The case, however, is not an isolated one. In the past six years a total of 450 sex-related injuries were recorded in the US, according to National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data, compiled by the country's Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In another sex-related injury, a 62-year-old man suffered penile injury after he placed on his penis "homemade PCVP pipe rings and the ring off a horse halter". Both the patients were treated for their injuries and later released from hospital.

"It's not uncommon that we see this, but it's not a daily occurrence," emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, doctor Robert Glatter said according to Vice.

Glatter said most of the sex-related injuries happen when people decide to use foreign objects such as vibrators, pool balls and handles of toilet plungers to arouse sexual pleasure. He advised people to get admitted to a hospital when sex-related injuries occur and not to delay treatment because of embarrassment.

"[Patients] delay and sometimes don't come in [to the hospital] for a few days. The longer you wait, sometimes you [patients] can even get septic," Glatter said.

"We always have respect and privacy and never pass any judgement," Glatter said. "We want to make sure they're OK. I think that's what contributes to delays — fear staff will react in a negative way," he added.

Pepper Schwartz, PhD, of the University of Washington, pointed out that most of the sex-related injuries are not reported because patients avoid treatment. "The important thing is not to let yourself panic," Schwartz said. Sex injuries can have serious consequences so "get it fixed," he added.