Call 911 if:
- 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 them 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.