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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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on November 26, 2015

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