I do have a true story to share regarding a certain object that landed a certain young lady in the Accident and Emergency department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Adults may place foreign objects into the vagina as part of sexual experience or for sexual stimulation and occasionally there may be difficulties in retrieving such items. Also, items designed for use in the vagina could also get stuck there. Examples are tampons, condoms, birth control etc. These objects, when found in the vagina, are referred to as "foreign bodies."
In our illustration, it was a condom.
After an afternoon of pleasure where the woman and her partner had spent themselves in reckless abandon. The man got up to clean himself and proceed with the activities of the day. It was then they realised that they could not find the condom. This was alarming for an activity that prided itself as both safe and extremely fun. The couple began to panic, overturning beds, searching the midst of clothing, removing pillowcases and vacuuming the bedroom.
No condom still.
After a 24 hour search, it was concluded that medical intervention would be necessary, thus a visit to the nearest clinic arranged. It took a few good doctors with a trusty speculum to retrieve the wandering condom and all was well.
If you can't get a medical professional to help remove a foreign object from your vagina, these steps could help you.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Squat down, sit on the toilet, or stand and put one foot on the bathtub.
- Insert two fingers into your vagina. Sweep your fingers back and forth and try to feel the object or a string if one is attached.
- Tighten your lower abdominal muscles as if you are going to have a bowel movement. This may push the object lower in the vagina, so you can reach it with your finger.
- Once you feel the object, grasp it and pull it out of the vagina.
The following symptoms usually accompany the presence of foreign bodies in the vagina;
- Vaginal discharge with foul odours
- Vaginal bleeding, especially light bleeding
- Vaginal itching
- Discomfort with urination including pain
- Vulvar discomfort due to vaginal discharge producing skin irritation
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
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