Object in the Vagina: Care Instructions

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Female pelvic organs

Your Care Instructions

If something is left in the vagina for too long, it can cause pain and irritation. This could be a tampon, a diaphragm, a pessary, or a vibrator. Sometimes, a condom comes off during sex and gets lost in the vagina.

You may have bleeding, a bad smell, and a discharge from the vagina.

After the object is taken out, symptoms usually go away.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
  • Do not use a douche or vaginal wash unless your doctor tells you to.
  • You can prevent future problems if you limit how long something is in your vagina. For example, change a tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.

When should you call for help?

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve, or they get worse.
  • You have a fever.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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