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Foreign Object

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Today after I had a BM I felt something in my vagina, I squeezed and out came a folded up piece of material.  It looks like the backing to a piece of parafilm or something of that nature.  It's about 4 inches long and was double over on itself, looked like maybe it had adhesive on it.

My first thought was that it was left in my uterus after I gave birth 2 years and two months ago.  After reading about foreign objects in the vagina I learned that they can travel through the abdominal wall and go other places in your body.  I am going to go to the doctor.  I just want a little knowledge to go with.  Could that be possible the doctor put it in there accidentally.  I had a pretty normal vaginal birth.  They had to use the vacuum extractor though.  I ripped, they sewed me up.  

Come to think of it, I have had vaginal dryness and cracking since giving birth.  When I went through 3 rounds of antibiotics for the diagnosed vaginal infections, I gave up and chalked it up to breast feeding dryness.  It continued after weening 10 months later.  Then the same doctor gave me some kind of hormone cream I never used due to the side effects.  After that I blamed dryness from birth control pills.  Now 4 months after stopping birth control I still have it.  

Could it be from the thing that came out of me today?
Also, I wasn't having normal periods when breast feeding.  Then on Yaz I was barely having a period.  I finally have been having normal flows and cycle and now this thing came out of my uterine lining?
Could there be more in there??

I am embarrassed and very disturbed by finding this.

How can they find out if there is more in there?  I don't want xrays or extra radiation on my body.  We were going to start trying for another baby.  Can they tell with an ultrasound?
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It is possible that there may be more inside of you, as I don't think that small piece would cause all of the vaginal dryness if that is what is causing it in the first place. Since your body has just now readjusted, that is why it's been pushed out now vs before. You aren't the only one who has (possibly) had something left inside after birth. They might be able to see with an ultrasound if there is more, though an xray might be better to really see if there is anything else. They'll probably want to do a physical check up to, looking first, and then doing some type of imaging to look. good luck.
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Another possibility is if you use tampons, it might be part of one that got stuck...
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It does seem most likely that the material was left inside you by a medical team at one point. If so, it should be identifiable by its makeup and color from the things they normally use. If you have any expectation of being compensated for what you've gone through, you can ask the doctor what it might be, but keep it yourself for evidence.

In the meantime, try to think of other medical procedures that you've had in the past. It's possible this thing has been in your body for much longer than the last time you gave birth.

Good luck.
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You can get examined with either an ultrasound or an MRI if you are worried about radiation.  Neither has radiation issues.
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I did have a LEEP procedure in 1999, so 11 years ago.  I was knocked out for it.  Do you think it could be from that long ago?  Wouldn't it have come out during child birth if so?  
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It could definitely have been that long given how inert plastic is. But you're right, if it was in there before the baby came out it would probably have been swept out too. Unless it was left behind during the extraction process...

I suppose if it had been left in your vagina then it might have sat there until you recently started your period again. It could also have been a source of irritation and infection. I consider it unlikely it could have migrated into your vagina from somewhere else in your body. Usually it's small, sharp metal object that do that. Any chance it could have been left behind in your uterus? That would also help explain a two year migration. As other have suggested, it's not unreasonable to have an ultrasound done to rule out the possibility of other pieces left behind. If you go to the same hospital where you gave birth, they may even do it for free. Hospitals are eager to avoid "left behind" issues. Good luck.
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I hate to be horrible, but my immediate thought was, have you been using soda pop bottles to..um....you know.....
My thoughts are that I can not fathom how anything like this would have been introduced either through the LEEP procedure or a vaginal birth. Even a Tampax applicator doesn't have plastic on it, so it is unlikely to be something like that.
as Vera676 suggests, keep the bit in a plastic ziplock baggie, get to the doctor and push for more investigations.
Good Luck!
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LOL...I don't even drink soda, let alone use it's packaging for something else.  I cried half the day yesterday...my period was a few days late and I thought I might be pregnant and the thought of being pregnant and this things coming out really disturbed me.

I've been trying to think if my husband and I had sex anywhere it could have been lying and I was on top of it and it got pushed in, but I keep my home clean and that's the only place intercourse occurs.  My bed it clean, sheets are clean, everything is clean.  I'm a stay at home mom.  That's what I do, everything is straightened up and kept up with all the time...

I don't really use tampons.  Here and there I've used them but I don't even think I've gone through a package in two years.

Thanks everyone for your input.  I was really freaked out yesterday.  I couldn't call the doctor that delivered because his office was closed yesterday.  And I'm not going to be able to go back to him because I now live across the country.  I am keeping the material though.
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