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Genital Injuries in Females

Alternate Names : Vulvar Injuries, Vaginal Injuries, Injury to the Genitals, Straddle Injury

Genital Injuries in Females | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment varies according to the severity of the injuries. Treatments may include:

  • ice packs, pressure to stop any bleeding, and bed rest
  • draining any large areas of blood
  • suturing of cuts or tears
  • surgery to repair any damage to other organs
  • antibiotics
  • estrogen creams to help the vagina heal
  • using a urinary catheter, which is a small tube that allows urine to drain from the bladder
  • counseling after sexual abuse
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Antibiotics can cause stomach upset, rash, allergic reaction, and other side effects. Surgery poses a risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Bed rest, ice packs, and antibiotics may be needed for some time depending on the extent of the injuries. Not having sex for a while will allow the tissues to heal.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A woman or girl should notify her healthcare provider if she notices any of the following:

  • fever
  • pain or swelling in the affected area
  • bleeding
  • nightmares, sleep disorders, depression, or thoughts of suicide after sexual abuse

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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