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Vaginal Foreign Body Treatment

Call 911 if:

  • The person shows signs of shock.

  • The person shows signs of shock.

See Shock Treatment.

In an adult:

1. Remove Object, if Possible

  • A lost or forgotten tampon is the most common vaginal foreign body in women.
  • If the person can do so easily, have her remove the tampon or other foreign body.

2. When to See a Doctor

See a doctor immediately if:

  • The tampon or other foreign body cannot be removed easily.

3. Follow Up

If the person sees a doctor:

  • The doctor will remove the tampon or other foreign body by hand or using forceps.
  • If toxic shock syndrome is diagnosed, the person will likely be hospitalized.

In a child:

1. See a Doctor Immediately

  • Toilet paper is the most common vaginal foreign body in children.
  • Do not try to remove object because you could push it farther inside.

2. Follow Up

  • The doctor will remove the object and may use a topical antiseptic rinse.
  • Removal of a large or sharp foreign body may require sedation.
  • If you suspect the child has been sexually abused, tell the doctor.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on November 26, 2015

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