Symptoms and Signs of Foreign Body, Vagina

Doctor's Notes on Foreign Body, Vagina

Some objects are designed for use in a woman's vagina such as tampons, vaginal suppositories, medications delivered through the vagina, and sex toys. Foreign bodies are things not meant for insertion into the vagina that may be placed there accidentally or intentionally.

Foreign bodies in the vagina may or may not produce symptoms. Small objects inserted into the vagina generally do not cause pain. Large or sharp objects may cause pain. Symptoms of a foreign body in the vagina include vaginal discharge (generally foul-smelling and yellow, pink, or brown), vaginal bleeding, vaginal itching or foul odor, urinary symptoms such as discomfort with urination, vulvar discomfort due to vaginal discharge producing skin irritation, or abdominal or pelvic pain from placement of large objects or perforation of a foreign body into the peritoneal cavity. Symptoms that can accompany the presence of a foreign body in the vagina include skin redness, dwelling of the vagina and vaginal entrance, and a rash in the vaginal area. Symptoms of complications of a foreign body in the vagina include disorders of urination or bowel function, loss of bladder control (incontinence) or abnormal bowel function, blood in the urine or stool, fever, or signs of serious infection.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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