Sperm facials, otherwise known as when a man ejaculates on his sexual partner’s face, are difficult to perfect.
Good aim is obviously key, but if it’s an unintentional orgasm or the other person isn’t prepared for the delivery, the sperm can end up in all kinds of places, including your very delicate eyes.
Beyond being a painful and messy experience, a semen facial gone wrong can also lead to an infection or even an STD.
If you’re currently reading this through a swollen eye full of cum, don’t panic – we’ve got you.
What happens if you get sperm in your eye?
Semen in itself is harmless but it contains components such as citric acid, fructose, zinc and enzymes that will irritate your sensitive eye tissue.
The pain levels will vary from person to person, but expect some redness, stinging or burning sensations.
Due to its gel-like consistency, the sperm may also feel as if it has placed itself like a film over your eye, blurring your vision.
What to do when you get sperm in your eye
Start by gently washing out your eyes with lukewarm water. You can also use saline solution if you have it handy.
If the semen is in both eyes and you can’t see, ask your sexual partner for help finding the bathroom (accidentally walking into a wall will only make you feel worse).
The important thing is to get the semen out of your eye(s), so take your time and as tempting as it may be, do not rub your eyes.
If you’re wearing contacts, remove them after you’ve cleaned your eyes as they can work as a protective layer.
‘As with any liquid splash to the eye, I would recommend to keep rinsing your eye with water for about 20 minutes,’ Dr Stephanie Ooi, a GP with special interest in women’s health from My Healthcare Clinic, tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Once you have patted the eye dry with a face cloth, take a little time to see how you feel. If you feel further irritation then try rinsing again.
‘It’s probably best to avoid any makeup, wearing contact lenses or constantly rubbing or touching the eye until it feels better.’
Bacteria within the sperm can cause conjunctivitis or a stye (inflammation of your eyelid), so if the pain and redness hasn’t disappeared within 24 hours – or gets worse – see a doctor or other medical health professional as soon as possible.
If the symptoms aren’t that bad but you would like some pain relief, swing by your local pharmacy and get some eye drops.
While it’s more unusual to contract STDs through the eye, it does happen. You could get herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B or C and HIV.
After your eyes have improved, get tested. It’s recommended you wait three months to ensure the results are accurate – with one exception.
If the ejaculating partner has HIV, see a doctor urgently.
The risk of you contracting the virus through the eye is very low, but you can take post-exposure prophylaxis up to 72 hours afterwards to reduce the risk of it taking hold. However, there are no guarantees that the pill works.
You can’t get pregnant by getting sperm in your eyes, but if you have had unprotected sex during or after the incident occurred, you may also want to get a pregnancy test.
There is no shame in enjoying sperm facials, but play safe.
To avoid future accidents, decide on an orgasm signal so you know when to expect the sperm or wear a blindfold to minimise the risk to your eyes.
Alternatively, there are always other body parts to cum on…