Share this Story

What to Do If You Get Something Stuck Inside Your Vagina

Katie Smith had three kids in three years and crafts her ass off in order to stay sane. She loves to write, wear faux leather pants, eat at burger joints, and make beautiful things. She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy and a regular con...

Something stuck in your vagina? Don't panic — we've got you covered

Sometimes condoms break and slip off during intercourse. Tampons and menstrual cups have also been known to be stubborn. And if you've ever had the unpleasant experience of getting something stuck in your vagina, rest assured, you are not alone. It is probably more common than you realize.

We all know there are certain objects that must go in there. There’s no way around it. We have periods, and we want to protect ourselves during sex, but when these objects become stuck and we aren't able to remove them on our own, it can be incredibly scary.

More: Reminder: Vagina Is Not a Dirty Word

SheKnows spoke with a few experts who can tell you exactly what to do (and what not to do) if this happens to you. Dr. Jennifer Wilder, who specializes in women's health, says if you get something such as a tampon or condom stuck, you can try to get it out on your own.

Something stuck in your vagina? Don't panic — we've got you covered
Image: Getty Images/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

"Squatting often helps, but do not insert any object into the vagina to try to retrieve it. It can do more harm than good. You can end up injuring yourself and/or causing an infection," she adds.

Dr. Laura Hagopian is an emergency room physician who has seen her share of vaginal foreign bodies. First, she wants to assure you the object can’t get very far and says, "The vagina ends at the cervix (bottom of the uterus), so foreign bodies generally have nowhere to go but stay in the vaginal canal." So, don’t worry — it can’t make its way through your body never to be found again. It will come out one way or another.

Hagopian says she usually sees women who come in because a condom has come off during intercourse and the patient can’t remove it. But she's also seen small children who have put toys in their vagina or women who have inserted garlic cloves to try and fight off an infection.

"I've also seen patients who have multiple tampons in their vaginas," she says. "Sometimes, they forget to take them out and add more in."

She advises you should never, ever put anything in your vagina that isn't supposed to be there, such as fruits, vegetables and sharp or fragile objects.

More: An Approved List of Things That Can Go Into Your Vagina

What's OK to put in your vagina? Fingers, penises, sex toys, tampons or "medications that are given intravaginally," Hagopian says.

But Hagopian cautions that you should never try to remove a big broken object on your own because it could break and make the situation worse — let the experts handle it.

You should also know vaginal foreign bodies should never stay inside you longer than they have to, as they can cause infection, irritation and vaginal odor.

MoreWhat Does It Mean If You Bleed After Sex?

Most important, Wilder and Hagopian want you to remember that if something does happen to get stuck and you can't remove it on your own, these doctors have seen it all. There is no need to delay a visit because you are embarrassed. Your health is much more important. Medical professionals will not judge you or ask too many questions, but they will be able to remove it and give you any additional care you need without judgment.

Comments
Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Beauty and Style

Hot
New in Health & Wellness
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started