Injuring the genitals can cause a lot of bleeding. It’s important to see a doctor to check the extent of the injury, remove anything that might be stuck in your vagina, and prevent infection.
If you are bleeding very heavily, if you feel faint or if think 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.
Seek medical attention if:
- you are bleeding heavily or are in pain
- there is an object stuck in your vagina or the wound. Leave it alone while you get help
- you have difficulty urinating or there is blood in the urine
- you have been sexually assaulted
While you wait for medical attention, you should follow these steps:
- protect the area when going for medical attention so that you don’t cause any further damage to the surrounding areas
- 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
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about bleeding after a vaginal injury, 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).
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Last reviewed: May 2019