Mixed martial artist Michael Waylon Lowe is suing a Philadelphia sex shop and the sex aids company Kama Sutra after a night of pleasure went horribly wrong.
The complaint, which was filed two weeks ago, involves Kama Sutra’s Prolonging Gel Pleasure Balm, a product that uses a small percentage of benzocaine — a common anesthetic — in order to help men last longer during sex.
Based on the complaint, Lowe had used this product before — and without incident. But something happened when he used it last September. Lowe and his fiancee were interrupted during sex by the cries of their three-year-old and during the break during which mom tended to baby, Lowe started to feel “excruciating pain and pressure in his penis.” The reaction resulted in swelling that required medical attention, and has unfortunately led to “penile scarring, loss of sensation and function, and nerve and tissue damage,” according to Philly.com.
Lowe is suing on the basis of negligence and failure to provide proper instructions to people using the gel, or any sort of warning with regard to possible risks and consequences. He’s seeking some $50,000 in damages.
The Mood shop, where Lowe bought the gel has pulled it from its shelves. Marla Lee, the president of Kama Sutra, is surprised. This gel has been manufactured by the company for 40 years without incident.
We’re working to get you the ingredients list and a more informative discussion about what you can expect from their combination. In the meantime, consider the moral of this story — a lot of sex aids (and toys) are not regulated. Before you play, make sure the thing you’re playing with agrees with you.
UPDATE: Kama Sutra, Co. has reached out to us to let us know that their product is, in fact, regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They assure us that they test all their products and that their facilities all abide by regulations set forth by the FDA. See their comment below for more information.