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Fear of things entering my body? - anondrea - 11-22-2013 02:33 AM

I don't even know if this is a thing.

I have multiple but related fears about foreign objects entering my body. I don't have a problem with food, unless it's large or difficult to chew, in which case my anxiety rises rapidly.

BUT - I can't bring myself to swallow pills, use contact lenses or eye drops (or even watch other people use these), or use tampons or masturbate with penetration. I dislike needles (but have become somewhat desensitized to them out of necessity), and the idea of getting an IV or oxygen tubes up my nose or down my throat is horrifying. The theme seems to be foreign objects entering my body.

Is this even a phobia? Has anyone heard of anything like this before?

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Snooks - 11-23-2013 11:39 AM

Hello anondrea.

Do you know when you first became aware of this issue? Is there anything that you can recall that may have sparked it off?

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - anondrea - 11-23-2013 02:09 PM

No, I've had these fears for as long as I can remember.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - trumpetman204 - 01-25-2014 04:03 PM

Dear anondrea,
This might be strange, but I've spent last night and today signing up to this website, trying to figure out why an activation email wouldn't come, only to find out that there was a gmail glitch, then creating a new email address, just so that I could respond on this forum. It's important to me. I found this forum because I was looking up "fear of foreign objects in the body", and I figured that there would just be a simple little word ending in -phobia, and I'd be off. When I couldn't find anything, I was a bit miffed, but when I found this forum, I had to let you know that you are most definitely not alone in this regard, and you are not the only person with this fear. I can only speak for myself, and our phobias seem to be triggered by slightly different things, but they are still very much the same, and you are not alone. You asked if it was even a thing, and I suppose I can't say if it is indeed a thing, but I have it too. I don't seem to have a problem with any food, even if it is large or hard to chew, but I do have an immense problem with contact lenses, earrings (or any kinds of piercings), needles, and the idea of putting tubes in my body is about as anxiety-inducing as anything I can think of. Luckily, being male, I don't have to worry about masturbation with penetration or tampons, but the thought of someone else using them freaks me out. This anxiety also severely affects my ability or willingness to have sex (for the time being, I'm all set), as the idea of...well, you get the point. If I feel certain muscles in my body moving it can set it off, which suggests that it's not all about foreign objects for me, and also just about anything inside of me that I'm not mentally prepared for.

Also, I'd like to add that I haven't the faintest idea what the forum administrator was trying to get at with that question. I don't believe anything "sparked off" this anxiety, as I've had it for as long as I can remember.

Anyhow, I hope this helps even just slightly. Even though it may very well do nothing for your anxiety, or "-phobia", if you prefer, I hope you know that you are not alone, and that there is someone else in the world who has a similar fear and anxiety. I'll work on coming up with the word for it.

Much love,

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Snooks - 01-26-2014 11:51 AM

Welcome to the forum Nathan Smile

I aksed that questioned to see if anything obvious could have caused the issue to surface. Perhaps as a kid she may have ingested a coin and beeded surgery, she may have poked a crayon in her ear and got it stuck and needed a doctor to remove it.........asking such questions can often bring information to light.

The fact that you didnt know why i was asking and that you have endured the issue all your life, does not mean Anondrea feels the same way. There may well have been an incident that triggerred it off for her......everyone is different.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - allapologies - 02-23-2014 09:20 AM

I searched for something like this and your post was exactly what i am experiencing. I have this too. I didn't know if i was was just thinking about things too hard, but i realized its not just that. I have a very big fear of needles/tubes going into my body. When it is flu season i have to get the nasal immunization because the last time i did get a shot i vomited and almost passed out. Like you, i cannot use tampons or masturbate through penetration. Saying that, i dont even think i can have/enjoy sex. Swallowing pills is very difficult. I try not to think about things that are inside of me like organs, especially in the stomach, pelvis, and wrist area. Thinking about other people putting foreign objects into their body gives me a feeling almost like anxiety/butterflies/shocks usually in the legs, spine, and/or inside me at my core. i have had this my whole life. I don't know what to do about it. :/

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - BenderisGreat - 02-29-2016 03:32 AM

I had some mild curiosities and was googling around when I ran into this, and thought I would leave my input for anyone interested in reading. For reference I'm a 23 yr old female.

My fear/anxiety is triggered by sex, any other sexual act that includes insertion into my vagina, masturbation of the same nature, pap-smears/use of a speculum, piercings, the concept of being pregnant and giving birth, getting my 'tubes tied,' IUD's, tampons/diva cups, strange muscle movements like the poster above me(nathan), and needles to a degree (a shot I can handle if I look away, but things like IV's or a tb test are hell.)

Even as I write this out I'm getting a little lightheaded.

I first noticed it when I went to get my ears pierced, I was probably around 11 and my sister was 9, she went first, no problem. But while we waited I turned white as a ghost, was so light headed I had to sit down, and almost started crying. I was terrified, they where going to put a hole in my ear and a piece of metal was going to sit there. Just hanging out! I hadn't thought it out that far and was sick to my stomach thinking about it, but all the cool girls and pretty girls had it so I really wanted to get it done. It did end up happening and eventually I got over it, until the hole closed up a bit and I had to have my mom shove another one through. Passed out all the way that time. Went ahead and let them close up.

Around this age I was out of school so no parents where home, found the porn stash and was just horrified to learn that sex actually involved the insertion of a mans penis into my vagina. I threw up. I remember a quick scene of a dude just hammering this chick and it pretty much traumatized me, I didn't look ever again and did everything I could to not think about it. What interesting here is that I always knew semen was what got a girl pregnant, I was already masturbating by rubbing my clitoris, so I figured they just rubbed on the outside and that the little swimmers swam a REALLY long way haha, that's what felt good to me so that made sense. This is important, I'll elaborate further on.

Then a few years later, clever me decided it would be a good idea to have my friends pierce my ears again at a sleepover. 'All the cool girls pierce things when they sleep over, so why not?' Didn't help that I was going through a goth phase, gotta pierce something without my parents so I'm cool. Literal needle over the stove and potato. Passed out again, scared my poor friends, didn't try that again. Vowed never to pierce again, just not worth it. To this day I have no interest, so I never will.

The rest is sort of a jumble as I was pretty aware at this point that I was pretty petrified of foreign objects entering my body. As teenage experimentation goes, I was fooling around a lot with boyfriends, but never had any interest in losing my virginity, but I had thought about it enough that the idea didn't scare me anymore, I gave into pressure and coercion and was 'sexually active' from my very first boyfriend. But I never ever let anyone put anything inside me. It was terrifying.

Now I can have sex but I don't enjoy it by any means, I only really did it because I thought I had too. Now that I think about it, the only times I ever have intercourse are because I have too, but I can do it without having a panic attack. Just through brute force desensitizing.

I started having some substance abuse issues when I was around 19, I started smoking weed. I stopped smoking weed when I was having panic attacks and would go to the ER thinking the muscles in my back/hand/elbow where moving out of place (no pain), like the poster above me noted. They said they where muscle spasms, But I know now they where just a new manifestation of this fear I have. Things in my body not being in their proper place.

The first time I tried to use a tampon, get a pap-smear, treat myself for a yeast infection, etc all resulted in me passing out, if I didn't pass out it was because I drank a boatload of alcohol first.

Now if it isn't obvious most of my anxiety is centered around my vagina, with a few minor exceptions. I don't have any metal in my body but Christ I hope that when/if the day comes I don't freak out about that too. I have pretty severe depression, and I need to go back to psychiatrist/psychologist to continue treating that and this fear that I have. I hadn't even realized until after writing all this out how much this rules my life. In my ebbs and flows of depression sometimes I just hate my body so much and wish I was born some other, any other way. I'm terrified to go to doctors, have dental work done, or perform proper medical procedures. I've had to take frequent breaks while writing this out because my fingers get numb or I get light headed.

I brought it up with my psychologist briefly and she's the one who actually asked when I found out about semen, and I told her that I had always known it took semen to make a baby. She said that I probably had something happen to me then, some deep rooted trauma by some pedophile who hurt me, made me terrified to have anything foreign to my body inserted.

I have to stop writing this now but it helped a lot at first, I hope that it helps someone else understand what may be happening to them.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - rachael - 07-05-2017 01:21 AM

Hello! I made an account solely so that I could reply to this thread and tell you guys that I have this same fear. So I made a name for it.

Exosephobia is pronounced EX-o-seh-phobia. It comes from the Greek words for out (exo) and in (se). Exosephobia is the fear of foreign objects going into or coming out of your body. It can also be the fear of stuff inside your body (organs, blood, etc.) coming out of your body. It can lead to not liking or being afraid of doctors, dentists, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, and blood, among other things.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Leeloo980 - 07-11-2017 01:59 AM

I also made an account just to reply to this post.
I am 24 years old. I have an intense fear of things being inside my vagina. Sex doesn't bother me (the penis is attached to a human being and can easily be pulled out) I was 18 years old before I started using tampons, and even now they still scare the hell out of me, I'm just too embarrassed to continue using pads. Condoms give me panic attacks (this was manageable up until I was roofied and only found out because the condom fell out of me the next day) Several times I have had men buy condoms that are too large for them and it's come off inside me and they have to reach in and pull it out. I can only masturbate using clitoral stimulation, penetration doesn't work for me. I have had men think it would be sexy or whatever to slide something inside me (like a lighter or a bullet-the vibrator kind) and I completely come unhinged.
I also am completely incapable of taking pills. I've only been able to do it a handful of times, despite knowing it's all in my head. This has caused me to be shamed by by peers, including doctors and nurses, even when I was still in the hospital after giving birth to my first child. I was told I was a bad mom because I asked for my meds to be switched to liquids or at least be crushed up and put in my drink. Needles scare me, but not to the extent that they used to. I have several tattoos, but even thinking about getting a piercing terrifies me.
Since you mentioned past trauma, I will mention that I have suffered sexual abuse on multiple occasions from the age 2 and on. But I'm not sure if that's entirely the reason, considering sex itself is fine to me, and I do actually enjoy it immensely.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Urgwell - 07-12-2017 01:01 PM

Wow I have a very similar fear! I'm also incapable of swallowing pills, inserting contact lenses, and using tampons, and I never really made the connection between them until today. I googled it and this thread is really the only thing that came up, I can't find any other information about a fear like this.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Oof - 04-20-2018 08:53 AM

This was very interesting to read, I have a similar fear however I feel that it differs greatly from the rest of these comments... I do not fear eating(although sometimes eating chicken scares me due to the small bones), taking small pills (large ones yes), using eyedrops, using tampons (I did fear them when I was younger but being a swimmer I had to get used to them due to a traumatic event of me not using one and bleeding everywhere), ear piercings (some body piercings creep me out), or sex. I do not like needles but I have gotten used to them (I just don't watch). I have never had the need to use contacts, I think the colored ones are beautiful, however I don't think I'd be able to use them, they do scare me a little bit. What really gets me is hearing about someone swallowing a foreign object, for example a tack, balloon, key, coin, gum, or tooth. And yes I've heard stories of people swallowing all said objects, and that scares me so much, I feel like throwing up thinking about it. IVs and breathing tubes scare me as well. Another thing that scares me would be insects or a small type of living thing crawling inside me through any hole, mainly my mouth or ears and my vagina. I wanna say I have a fear of swallowing foreign objects but I feel like its more than that as well as less than that, if that makes any sense? (Due to not only having a fear of swallowing things but things entering my body) The only thing I've found that I can kinda sorta maybe relate to is the fear of choking, pseudodysphagia. But even that doesn't cover the other fears I have.

RE: Fear of things entering my body? - Seixomnia Leucitica - 04-25-2018 08:28 AM

It's so interesting how almost all of us made accounts just bc of this issue...There really isn't any other site with any information on this fear. Thank you Rachel for giving it a name!

I have vaginismus, though I have never been abused and don't have problems with sex itself, the problem is penetration. I just couldn't see how sth entering myself could give me pleasure. I've been working on it and now I'm on dilator 2/5 and the biggest issue is staying calm with the fact that sth is inside me. When I put my finger inside then I have a double problem: not only having sth inside my vagina but also having my finger in a place it shouldn't supposed to be. I hate to feel the muscle or skin moving inside of it.
I had a bit of problems with hemorrhoids a few years ago and was sitting at the toilette crying bc I couldn't put any cream inside. Was also extremely anxious by the fact that I have this thing INSIDE of me.
Never even thought of contact lenses or tampons, I remember when I first heard of both, it sounded like a means of torture. I got my years pierced at 9 bc all my friends were doing it, but I was making scenes every time the earrings had to be turned or taken out or cleaned. It lasted a few weeks and then I took them off and never pierced again. I'm also very affraid of thorns and having them stuck inside of my finger or foot. When I had a bacteria in my throat the doctor had to go with a long earstick through my nose to my throat - I almost fainted. I'm very affraid of pregnancy - not only the fetus would feel as a stranger inside of me, but also all the changes that happen to the body would deal me out. I don't have issues with needles, but once I donated blood so it had to be stuck inside of my arm for a while and that made me anxious.
I can live with all of it, but the vagina part is quite constraining...medical hypnosis helped a bit, but there's still work left...