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Why do I have swelling in my upper vagina after period and tampon removal? (Image)

Patient: I have swelling in the upper part of my vagina. I have no burning or itching and no desire for frequent urination. However it’s almost as if the wall is coming out of my vagina. It’s also very painful to sit. I noticed this swelling after my last period and tampon removal.

 

 

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Doctor: This is typical vaginitis with vaginal mucousal edema, often seen after prolonged use of tampon or forgotten tampon or if tampon has been removed after more then 24 hrs. The local mucousa has inflamed and shows edema and hence the wall seems to be prolapsing outside. You should get a vaginal swab culture done soon to identify the causative organism possibly bacterial. This would need a course of antibiotics for 7 days. Please meet your gynecologist for a local examination.

 


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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