Hi my name is Ramon. My question is: Me and my boyfriend were masturbating and the time of ejaculation, it shot into his eye. We rinsed it out and doesn't have pain anymore, but it does seem to be a bit swollen. What should we do?
For starters, I hope your boyfriend’s eye is looking and feeling better. Chances are that you are getting this reply a few days after first posting. If his eye still seems swollen and especially if it appears to be getting worse, I would recommend going to the doctor to get it checked out asap. We would recommend seeing a doctor about any urgent health concern; the eye is a very delicate organ and extra special care and caution should be taken. While this may be a new situation and/or potentially embarrassing situation for you and your boyfriend (although it shouldn’t be!), doctors are medical professionals who deal with this kind of this on a regular basis.
That said, any type of trauma to the eye is going to cause irritation. If you get an eyelash in your eye, it’s probably going to hurt at first and then stay red for a bit. If you accidentally poke yourself in the eye, the similar pain and irritation can occur. However, getting ejaculate in the eye does also bring some STI risks into the equation. Ejaculation in the eye puts you at a high risk for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, and syphilis. There is also a moderate risk of HIV and HPV. Additionally, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis will cause conjunctivitis a.k.a. pink eye. We don’t mean to scare you but just make you aware of the possibilities.
At Scarleteen, we always recommend using safer sex practices and getting regularly tested for STIs. Using condoms during mutual masturbation sessions could prevent such occurrences from happening again; however, accidentally getting ejaculate in your eye is hard to foresee (no pun intended.) A full STI/STD test would help give you peace of mind that there isn’t possible STI exposure at play.
Whether you’re seeing a new partner, have multiple partners or haven’t had any yet, we recommend regular STI/STD testing. Please let us know if you need help finding affordable and accommodating resources in your area. If you two already haven gotten and continue to get tested, then good for you! And if you two haven’t gotten tested yet, now’s the perfect time. At the beginning of your exam, you can mention what happened here so they can be aware of additional things to look for. This is also something you could address with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. I have posted a number of helpful links on testing and STI risk below.
I wish you and your boyfriend the best. I hope your future encounters are awesome, not an eyesore!
STI Risk Assessment: The Cliff's Notes
Safe, Sound & Sexy: A Safer Sex How-To
Misconception Mayhem: Separating STI Myths from Facts