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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 possible.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||June 13, 2013|
Last Revised: June 13, 2013
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