A woman has described how she stings herself with bees up to 100 times a week, in large part, for sexual pleasure.
In the latest episode of TLC's My Strange Addiction, Margaret, 53, from Morningview, Kentucky, admits that ten stings 'makes sex great'.
The couple do not elaborate on this bizarre detail, though Margaret speaks unapologetically about her love of the bee sting sensation.
'I sting myself on my hip, my elbows, on a finger, my ankle, my forehead, on the tip of my nose,' she says on the show.
'The most I've ever given myself was between 15 and 20 in my left hip. I really love stinging myself with bees!'
Margaret says she began stinging herself around a decade ago to relieve her arthritis pain. She now keeps hives in her back garden for a steady supply.
'[I heard] people [had] been using it to relieve certain pain symptoms,' she explains.
'The first time that I stung myself, it didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would,' she recalls. 'And it just got easier every time.'
'The first time that I stung myself, it didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would. And it just got easier every time'
Now Margaret indulges herself with around 15 stings a day.
Holding a bee in a set of tweezers, she describes how she taps the insect's abdomen against herself to make the stinger puncture her skin.
'There's a couple of trigger points right here that I like to sting,' she says, prodding at the skin around her kneecap. 'I can kind of put a little dent in it with my fingernail.'
She says the resulting sensation is 'peppery' and while 'no two stings are alike', she 'feel[s] relief from all of them.'
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