Genital Injuries in Females
Alternate Names : Vulvar Injuries, Vaginal Injuries, Injury to the Genitals, Straddle Injury
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
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:
pain or swelling in the affected area
nightmares, sleep disorders, depression, or thoughts of suicide after sexual abuse