Dangers of Maggot Play

topic posted Tue, November 1, 2011 - 11:43 AM by  Ross
I'm fascinated with fly and maggot play, but before I actually start doing anything about it I figured I should spend time researching the dangers. And there are dangers, though to summarize my findings let's say that if you stick to the most common North American fly species and cleaner (I won't say sterile because most of us can't get the medically sterile type) maggots the dangers seem acceptably low. I'll talk about maggots in this post, and a little about flies in another.

While there are any number of "Yahoo! Answers"-type responses on topics like "Do maggots eat live flesh" I delved into the medical literature trying to find more real data. Just what harm could maggot play be? There seem to be two areas to discuss, disease transmission and Myiasis. I'll get disease transmission out of the way first and then delve into the far more interesting topic of Myiasis.

Flies lay their eggs, which hatch into maggots, on dead and decaying tissue and feces. That means most naturally found maggots have been living in a bacteria (and other bad for you microorganisms) and will be carriers of these organisms. Thus any entry into your body, including contact with open wounds runs a risk of infecting you with something nasty. For an extreme case look up "Maggot Girl"'s story on the Internet. Now she inserted both maggots and the rotting meat they were feeding on into her pussy, causing a bacteria overload and toxic shock. Her mistake wasn't really in playing with the maggots, it was the rotting meat. However, even if she had reduced the amount of meat by separating the maggots from it before insertion she still would have been placing small amounts of bacteria-laced material into an environment where the bacteria could thrive and throw off toxins. Many on this and other discussion sites have suggested rinsing the maggots in water, or a water soap mixture, before play. While no doubt this helps significantly I suspect there is still substantial risk. Note that when washing your hands it is the friction of rubbing them together that removes the microorganisms. The soap helps surface them and the water washes them away, but it is the friction that is critical. You can't apply friction to the maggots, and thus you can't be removing all the microorganisms. To address this it seems best to play with maggots that have been commercially grown for fishing (or even better, medical use) as these have likely spent their life in a cleaner environment. I would still rinse them off, but at least this lowers the risk of disease transmission.

Myiasis occurs when maggots infest a host, such as a human. The maggots of some flies, such as Botflies and the Tumbu Fly, deposit their eggs in living flesh and the maggots live off of it. The rather famous video of a doctor removing maggots from a Nigerian Women's breast is reportedly the result of a Tumbu Fly. However, the common Housefly and other common North American flies do not need nor target hosts. Yet there are reports of Myiasis from these species. The reports are exceedingly rare, but let's dig in a little.

I'm going to start out by not discussing the most obvious situation, that someone is walking around with necrotic tissue and it has become infested with maggots. This is typically not going to be an issue for maggot play, but rather a medical situation that needs to be addressed. So what I am going to talk about a bit is Intestinal Myiasis and Urogenital Myiasis, which would seem to be the risk areas for maggot play. And I'm going to focus on the fly species that most people would have ready access to, the Common Housefly and Blue Bottle Fly. The maggots of the former is most likely what you would find around your house while the latter is most likely what you get when you purchase maggots for fishing. If you are playing with some other maggot species then what I say below may not apply.

As you look through the literature you find little mention of Intestinal or Urogenital Myasis involving either the Common Housefly or Blue Bottle Fly. When I say "little" I mean that reviews of the data mention only one or two incidents of each. And that low a number is itself suspicious (ie, did they wrongly identify the species of the maggot). Let's focus on the Intestinal Myasis case first. The way most such cases, across all fly species, occur is when someone eats food contaminated with fly eggs or maggots, and then these survive the acids in the stomach and make it to the intestines. While there may be species designed for this, the Common Housefly and Blue Bottle Fly are not amongst them. So then there has been speculation, based on anecdotal evidence, that the way Intestinal Myasis with these two species occurs is when a fly lays eggs on feces just outside the anus and the hatching larvae then crawl into the anus to feed. Of course, good hygiene renders this scenario moot (you either wipe well or wash yourself before the eggs actually hatch) which is why it would be so rare. But this theory also runs into a problem in that some species' maggots are designed for low oxygen environments while others, including our two, are not. This is important for play because it seems unlikely that the maggots of the Common Housefly or Blue Bottle Fly could survive long in either the intestines or urogenital systems. So even in the case of intentional introduction of maggots into the urethra or anus the odds of the maggots surviving long seem slim.

Now let's say that maggots you introduce into the anus or urethra do survive, what are the risks? Generally Intestinal symptoms are described as being everywhere from asymptomatic to being typical of other intestinal track issues (e.g., diarrhea). Of course this condition eventually resolves itself because Maggots don't reproduce. They either die or leave the body (in search of dry conditions for their pupae stage), and so within a few days the situation generally resolves itself. But I think the risks are even lower in terms of maggot play than in the naturally occurring cases. In general a fly lays around 75-150 eggs at a time, so if you think of a naturally occurring infestation you are probably looking at 10s if not hundreds of maggots being present. With those kinds of numbers it is no wonder the body reacts to try to stem the infestation (e.g., diarrhea to wash away the toxins). But in a typical play scenario where only a small number (1-5) of maggots might actually enter the body it seems likely you would be asymptomatic. I would expect the same for urethra play.

I know I focused a little more on Intestinal Myasis over Urogenital Myasis, but that was largely because the intestinal tract actually contains prime food for (these two species of) maggots whereas the urogenital systems do not. When it comes to play I suspect that there is more risk of Intestinal than Urogenital Myasis. BUT, when it comes to disease transmission the risk of a urinary tract (or vaginal tract BTW) infection is a far bigger risk than Myasis.

And so I conclude that while there are potential dangers from maggot play, with some small precautions the risks are actually pretty low. One very important thing about my conclusion however is that I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR DO I HAVE ANY MEDICAL TRAINING. In other words, you must take everything I've said with a grain of salt and should check with a real medical professional before engaging in what they will surely see as high risk play.


Ps: To give you an idea of how easily what I've written can fall apart consider the Dronefly's larvae, the Rat-Tailed Maggot. The "rat tail" is actually a snorkel which would allow the maggot to live inside your rectum and reach out to breath. Droneflies are found in areas with stagnant water that is polluted with organic material. They are quite common. I believe these maggots are sometimes sold for fishing. And you sure as heck don't want to put them inside your body because they likely can survive there. Fortunately the maggots have tails about as long again as their body, so you won't mistake them for a housefly or blue bottle maggot.

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  • Re: Dangers of Maggot Play

    Sat, January 11, 2014 - 12:31 AM
    I'm kinda interested in this that I might try, I'm in my late teens, I'm not gay, just a virgin who loves to masterbate, but I have questions: how do you clean the maggots and do they bite or something because I hope they dont bite don't want any blood to come out at all!!!, and do they also pertrude a leaky substance like worms too?, because I don't want that either any advice?, please help me?!?!?

    P.S I don't want it to go to far like down to my balls, do you know anything I could use to stop them from going to deep?, and thanks for the info too
  • Re: Dangers of Maggot Play

    Sat, January 11, 2014 - 10:49 AM
    Thanks for all of the information that you have put together on this subject. I found it very interesting. Someday I hope to give
    this type of play a try. So far, I have not been able to get flies to land on me, let alone get them to lay any eggs. I need to find a
    place that has a lot more flies. Will keep trying though.
  • Re: Dangers of Maggot Play

    Sat, January 11, 2014 - 2:04 PM
    I can add to this excellent article. I used meal worms and helped one get into my urethra. Unfortunately I down have a UTI that I am trying to deal with. I did have the same problem once before but as I was on antibiotics for an unrelated problem I thought I would be safe. I have now decided that meal worms and crickets are not worth the trouble so it may be leeches if I can ever find a supply. I had to give up electrical play for health problems that created so my options for play are becoming seriously limited ! Hope this advice is of use to players out there.
    • Re: Dangers of Maggot Play

      Sat, January 11, 2014 - 11:56 PM
      This is way off topic, but what health issues forced you to give up electrical play? If I couldn't e-stim it would be like I lost my best partner!

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