Woman Sues After Sex Toy Causes Pain, Bleeding

A Northern California woman is suing a sex toy manufacturer, saying she was hospitalized with pain and bleeding after using the device with her boyfriend. The woman wants damages from the company for personal injury, negligence, and breach of warranty.

According to the SF Weekly, the woman said she’s suffering emotional trauma from the incident, which caused her to receive several pints of blood at the hospital. In her suit (PDF), she wrote that her son was worried about her life:

“My son was woken up so we could go to the hospital,” she wrote. “He thought it I was dying…[and] quite frankly so did I.”

The woman said she sued after the toy manufacturer refused to provide compensation.

California Woman Sues Sex Toy Company Over Unsatisfying Dildo [SF Weekly via Huffington Post]


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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    Sex Toy Warning: May cause pain and bleeding, in both good and bad ways.

  2. deathbecomesme says:

    “You’re holding it wrong”

    • Portlandia says:

      Sniped…that wasn’t here when the article loaded…that’s what I get for reading the linked article before snarking.

  3. Cat says:

    Can we know the name of this cruel device so we don’t add it to our “toy boxes”?
    (it may be in the article, but corporate software hates words such as “s*x” and D*ld*.)

  4. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    Toy Story 4

  5. mauispiderweb says:


  6. WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

    It’s her own fault for using the strap on from Se7en….

  7. Portlandia says:

    “You’re holding it wrong”

  8. temporaryerror says:

    Did she use it as directed?

  9. Smiley Massacre says:

    I don’t get it…did she use the wrong end of a hairbrush?

  10. PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

    Pics or GTFO.

  11. pop top says:

    Something had to go very, very wrong for that to happen. That whole article made me cringe.

    Funny, slightly-related story: My sis-in-law’s roommate stepped on her plastic vibrator this summer and decided to use it anyway, and was concerned after she pulled it out and noticed several pieces of plastic were missing, and those pieces weren’t on the floor. A quick trip to the gynecologist and a prescription for antibiotics later and she was fine. This is why you put your toys away when you’re done playing.

    • Kate says:

      I’m going to hope that no in-law of mine ever shares that much with me.

      • pop top says:

        You hope that you have in-laws that don’t tell you funny stories?

        • hoi-polloi says:

          Right? A lot of us are pretty friendly with our siblings’ partners. It’s not having your parents or step-parents telling this sort of story about themselves.

          My friend once told me about her relocation due to her job. The company covered the packing and moving costs. When my friend unpacked she found her vibrator lovingly wrapped in bubble wrap. It was amongst a number of less personal items in her bedside table. I’d think some things are better to handle yourself, but maybe experienced movers run into sex-related objects more than I realize.

          • stinerman says:

            I’m sure it’s a lot better than having your parents help move and having them find it.

          • NeverLetMeDown says:

            For clarification on the below, I’m a guy.

            I remember getting called to the podium while waiting for a flight, and the gate agent said that there was an issue with my luggage. I went over to the jetway, and the baggage handler was holding my bag. He said, completely deadpan, “sir, your luggage is vibrating.” I paused for a second, and then realized (and said), “oh, it must be my electric shaver!” He, still deadpan, said “it usually is.” Opened it up, and yup, it was. Not a word was spoken about what else it could have been.

  12. dolemite says:

    “Big John’s 18″ Behemoth? That sounds satisfying.” I’m afraid I can’t risk reading the story about dildos while I’m at work, despite my desire to.

  13. seeUserName says:

    Something is missing from the story. Was it a weird, sharp dildo? Was the BF rough? Did it come apart? How did it happen exactly?

    • Shadowfire says:

      It was too big, it seems.

    • Cat says:

      I guess we’ll have to wait for the video to appear on tube8.com

    • justhypatia says:

      Well the way they described it as something sharp and the fact that she ended up almost bleeding out, I would assume it was probably a broken/flawed product made of hard plastic, metal, or (shudder) glass.

    • Jawaka says:

      That’s what I was wondering. There’s a lot of not so smart people out there. It wouldn’t be the most shocking thing I’ve heard if I found that they didn’t remove all the plastic packing material from it first. Did her friend use it like it was a hand drill? Something doesn’t add up.

  14. Bsamm09 says:

    That’s what happens when you play around with a light saber.

  15. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    Get ready to see this in the MOST POPULAR window soon.

  16. Cat says:

    I make my own sex toys at home.

    From old power tools.

  17. powdered beefmeat says:

    just sitting back drinking some coffee and reading comments.

    • Kate says:

      That’s a good way to destroy a keyboard.

      • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

        You know, it takes a special kind of “not paying attention” to do that. I’ve been drinking soda and coffee around computers since 1991 and not once have I spilled liquid on a keyboard or laptop. You know, using curling irons is also a good way to burn your forehead…

  18. sirwired says:

    Hmmm… I wonder which federal agency would have jurisdiction. If it’s a “consumer product” (which a toy would be), it falls under the CPSC; if it’s a “medical device”, (like a condom or penis pump), it would be the FDA.

    My money is on the CPSC… can’t wait to read THAT recall notice (if one were issued.)

  19. Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

    I am trying to imagine any conversation she had with her son during this situation.

    Actually I am trying not to imagine it.

    • finbar says:

      “Honey, sometimes when a man and woman love each other they like to ‘tickle’ each other in a special way. Sometimes they ‘tickle’ each other with special toys. Sometimes these toys can break, resulting in a boo-boo in mommy’s hoo-hoo.”

  20. Such an Interesting Monster says:

    The pic with the original article is priceless, LOL.

    As for the rest of it, I don’t even know where to start. What the hell was she doing with that poor dildo? And unless there was some kind of manufacturing defect how exactly is it the manufacturer’s fault? And I’d just love to know how she explained the situation to her kid.

  21. Scurvythepirate says:

    Rectum??? Damn near killed ’em!!!

  22. May contain snark says:

    Sounds kinky.

  23. May contain snark says:

    Wrong hole! Wrong hole!

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      That’s called changIng lanes w/o a blinker FWIW.

  24. The Twilight Clone says:

    I believe all sex toys have some caution about “novelty use only.”

  25. marc6065 says:

    The words BIG, Giant, and Black should have been warning enough to take it a little easy at first!!!! You have to slip those in gradually….Whoops did I say that outloud???

  26. KlueBat says:

    The question I want answered is did the toy break in some way? If it did not break and there are not glaring design flaws, I don’t think she stands a chance.

  27. Cat says:

    Don’t they put some sort of warning label on the “Black and Decker 1/4 HP 2-cycle Anal Intruder Set (with interchangeable fist attachments)”

  28. microkitten says:

    Didn’t she hear about the recall???

  29. TerpBE says:

    In fairness, the toy didn’t specifically say it had to be removed from the plastic clamshell packaging first.

    By the way, “April Bonjour” sounds like a porn star name, but a quick check of facebook makes me think that it is not.

  30. Nobody can say "Teehee" with a straight face says:

    J…Jam it in!

  31. Fast Eddie Eats Bagels says:
  32. framitz says:

    Next time unwrap your toys before playing with them . . .

  33. Daniellethm says:

    Ugh, cringe worthy, I keep thinking it was probably a cheap plastic seam with a jagged bit, bleh. For the record, don’t ever buy a sex toy with “for novelty use only” anywhere on it, it’s there for the manufacturers to cover their asses. Why do they need to cover? http://www.grist.org/article/gertz1 Pretty much sums it up.

    Also: LELO OR GTFO!

    • mxjohnson says:

      >>Also: LELO OR GTFO!

      I know, right? Though now somebody needs to make a bedside table with an electrical outlet in the drawer for charging, and maybe a lock, too.

  34. erratapage says:

    I want to know which product did this.

  35. consumeristjohnny says:

    Reminds me of the joke about the blond who had to go to the dentist after using her new vibrator because it chipped her teeth.

  36. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    pints???? PINTS???

  37. quail says:

    Sadly there is no true regulation on sex toys. Sex advice columnists always warn of cheap toys out there with sharp plastic edges, made with toxic chemicals, poorly designed, etc. Because they’re labeled “for novelty only” to get around the Puritan laws in the USA they kinda don’t have to be concerned with that stuff.

  38. TerpBE says:

    I blame Fatty Arbuckle.

  39. nodaybuttoday says:

    Do you sue the car maker when someone slams into you? Pun intended…

  40. Xin says:

    My only question is: how does the news get ahold of the story? Is there some nurse in the ER somwhere……..

    *ring ring* Yes daily news? WOOO have I got a story for YOU! bwahahaha….Just wait until you hear this one!

  41. DWMILLER says:

    I know an x-ray tech. I have been shown x rays of “insertion misadventures”. Lets just say battery powered toys don’t hold still during x rays.

  42. njack says:

    You’re not supposed to use a Louisville Slugger as a sex toy

  43. Jane_Gage says:

    For those wondering what content would torpedo the rhetorical question at the end. . .

  44. baristabrawl says:

    Reasonable person standard.

  45. Charmander says:

    Oh my god, I would just die of embarrassment. Rather than sue, I would just want to stop living. Seriously.

  46. ironflange says:

    Could be some irony here, if she didn’t read the f***ing manual.

  47. Levk says:

    lol its funny all toys have do not insert on there packages for this reason alone

  48. Chipzilla says:

    April Bonjour??

  49. MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

    Anyone else do a double take at the name of the news source attached to this? I didn’t initially read this as, “The Snitch”.

  50. No Fat Chicks says:

    If it causes pain and bleeding, you are doing it wrong.

  51. frankrizzo:You're locked up in here with me. says:

    Maybe it used to belong to Sinead O’Connor and exploded upon impact.