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Foreign objects or forgotten tampons may cause a vaginal infection.
Young girls might insert pieces of toilet paper, small toys, or household
objects into their vagina. Teens and adult women may forget a tampon or a
birth control device.
The most common symptoms of a vaginal infection caused by a foreign
object include a change in vaginal discharge and a bad odor. Immediate removal
of the object usually relieves these symptoms.
Removal of an object in a young girl requires treatment by a doctor to reduce the risk of complications and to evaluate the
possibility of abuse.
Removal of an object in a teenage girl requires evaluation and
treatment by a doctor so sexual activity, high-risk sexual
behavior, and birth control can be discussed.
You may attempt to remove an object from your vagina, especially if
you think it might be a forgotten tampon or a birth control device.
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
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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