Vaginal foreign body


Labeled vulva, showing external and internal views.
Pelvic anatomy including organs of the female reproductive system.
  • Patients may be reluctant to provide history due to fear or embarrassment
  • Foreign bodies most commonly found to be:
    • Retained tampon
    • Sex toys or other items used for sexual stimulation
    • Packets of drugs
    • Toilet paper
    • Pieces of cloth or small toys (in young girls)

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis


  • Visualization may be aided by irrigation with normal saline
  • Children <7yo or uncooperative patients may require vaginoscopy in the OR with anesthesia
  • Plain films sometimes help identify radiopaque objects
  • Some items may be identifiable on ultrasound or MRI


  • Remove object, either manually or with saline irrigation
  • Antibiotics typically unnecessary


  • Discharge

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