Vaginal foreign bodies are a complaint occasionally encountered in pediatric clinics and emergency departments, and when pediatric patients present with a vaginal foreign body sexual abuse may not be considered. We describe two children with vaginal foreign bodies who were found to have been sexually abused. Each child had a discharge positive for a sexually transmitted infection despite no disclosure or allegation of abuse. We recommend that all pre-pubertal girls who present with a vaginal foreign body should be considered as possible victims of sexual abuse and should receive a sexual abuse history and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Child sexual abuse is a significant problem in the United States.
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But before we get into it, let the record show that, as Dr. And every vulva is normal! The vulva is the outer bits of your genitals: the pubic mouth, inner labia, outer labia, the love-to-be-rubbed clit, and the urethra. Basically, any vulva where you can see the inner lips without physically spreading the outer lips with your fingers. So no two outies are the same. Some people with outies have curved horseshoe-shaped outer lips that leave the inner labia exposed in the middle. There can also be differences in the width, length, symmetry, color, smell, and hair patterns on the lips of folks with outies that make them look different.
The vagina is a flexible tube that joins the uterus to the vulva. Vaginas vary among individuals in color, size, and shape. Getting to know what the inside of a vagina looks like and what is normal for each individual can help people feel more familiar with their body. It can also help with identifying abnormal changes. Here, we look at the anatomy of the vagina and how to do a self-exam. We also discuss symptoms that can indicate a health issue with the vagina and explain when to see a doctor. The vagina is an elastic tube that connects the uterus and cervix to the vulva. The vagina is about 3 inches long. The shape of a vagina can vary from person to person. Some vaginas are oval like an egg, while others can be more cylindrical.
More surprising to visitors might be the statistics and facts displayed in the museum. For curator Creed, who has 10 years of experience in museums in the U. It has a rich events program planned, ranging from plays about enjoying sex while living with the medical condition of vaginismus, to a dinner in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an internationally-observed day each year in memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Creed says there has already been interest from several schools about visits. Given that the number of people attending cervical cancer screenings has hit a year-low in the U. Yet in the s and s before the widespread availability of contraception, particularly in the U. That awareness of and commitment to promoting social justice issues is a conversation several historic museums are grappling with, evident during a controversial international debate around the definition of museums in September. The Vagina Museum, along with several other museums in the U.