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Injury to the rectum and vagina: Overview

Injury to the rectum and vagina can cause many problems. These problems may include rectal or vaginal bleeding, infection, constipation, pain, or leaking of stool. The injury can be caused by an accident, childbirth, or physical or sexual abuse.

Medicines can treat pain. They can also prevent infection. Surgery may be needed to treat severe injuries.

How can you care for an injury to the rectum and vagina?

  • Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • If your doctor suggests, sit in a few inches of water (sitz bath) 3 times a day and after bowel movements. The warm water helps with pain and itching.
  • Try cleansing yourself with a gentle squeeze of warm water from a bottle instead of wiping with toilet paper.
  • Ask your doctor when it is okay for you to have sex.

Injury to the rectum and vagina: When to call

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You feel that you are in danger.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have new or worse rectal or vaginal bleeding.
  • You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have sudden, severe pain in your belly or pelvis.

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

  • You need support for domestic violence or sexual abuse.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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