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Object in the vagina: Overview

An object that is left in the vagina for too long can cause problems. The object might be a tampon, a birth control device, a pessary, or a vibrator. Sometimes a condom comes off during sex and stays in the vagina. In younger children, the object could be toilet paper, small toys, or other objects from around the house.

The object can cause pain, irritation, and an infection. It can lead to bleeding, a bad smell, and a discharge from the vagina.

It's important to get the object out as soon as possible. After the object is taken out, symptoms usually go away.

  • Removing the object from a child's vagina should be done by a doctor. This is safest. Young children might need medicine to help them relax (sedation). And special tools designed for children are most often needed.
  • Adults and teens who are comfortable inserting a finger into their vagina can try to remove the object themselves. Squatting or putting a foot up on the bathtub or toilet seat can help. If the object doesn't come out easily or it hurts when you try to remove it, a doctor will need to remove it.

How can you care for yourself when you have an object in the vagina?

  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
  • Do not use a douche or vaginal wash.
  • You can prevent future problems if you limit how long something is in your vagina. For example, change a tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.

How to remove an object from the vagina

You may try to remove an object from your vagina, especially if you think it might be a forgotten tampon or a birth control device.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Sit or stand in a comfortable position.

    Squat down, sit on the toilet, or stand and put one foot on the bathtub.

  3. Insert two fingers into your vagina.
  4. Try to feel the object or a string if one is attached.

    Sweep your fingers back and forth.

  5. Tighten your lower abdominal muscles.

    Tighten them as if you are going to have a bowel movement. This may push the object lower in the vagina, so you can reach it with your fingers.

  6. Once you feel the object, grasp it and pull it out of the vagina.

If you cannot find the object, you will have to see a doctor. It is important that you get the object out as soon as possible.

Object in a child's vagina: When to call

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has new or worse pain.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child has unexpected vaginal bleeding.
  • Your child has new or worse vaginal itching or discharge.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

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