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Bleeding after a vaginal injury

Injuring the genitals can be very painful and can cause a lot of bleeding.

If you think you have a vaginal injury, you should follow these steps:

  • Place a clean cloth or sterile dressing over any open wounds.
  • If the vaginal area is painful and swollen, a cold compress or covered ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a clean towel) may be used to relieve the pain and swelling. Do not keep the ice pack on the area for more than 30 minutes.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water then dry thoroughly before touching or cleaning the area.
  • Avoid wearing any tight clothing around the painful or swollen area.
  • If there is an object stuck in your vagina or the wound, leave it alone and seek medical attention.
  • Get medical attention if you have difficulty urinating or there is blood in the urine.
  • Protect the area when going for medical attention so that you don’t cause any further damage to the surrounding areas.

If you are bleeding very heavily or you feel faint or as if you might pass out call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. If calling triple zero (000) does not work on your mobile phone, try calling 112.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about bleeding after a vaginal injury, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: June 2017

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