Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vaginal Foreign Body Overview

What is a vaginal foreign body?
A woman with a vaginal foreign body has an object lodged in the vagina. Common vaginal foreign bodies include tampons, diaphragms, and condoms.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal foreign body?
Symptoms that occur with a vaginal foreign body include vaginal pain, vaginal discharge, or vaginal itching. Additional symptoms may include pain during urination, decreased urination, or increased urinary frequency.

How does the doctor treat a vaginal foreign body?
Treatment for a vaginal foreign body includes removal of the vaginal foreign body and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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