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Question: VAGINAL EMBOLISM? Air/blood coming out HELP!

 amsmth - Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:50 pm

I thought I was finished with my period. I douched when it had been a couple days since I bled. This time I used a re-usable douche (sterilized it first) but I stupidly used a mild soap & water instead of vinegar & water. It felt different, maybe because of the soap bubbles. I rinsed out with pure water a couple times. Now I keep passing vaginal air. Also little clots of blood when I urinate. The little clumps of blood are bright red, not discolored like blood usually is this late into my period.

I'm scared--and embarrassed. What should I do? I can't seem to find much information about vaginal air embolisms, but I know I am at higher risk for blood clots/embolisms as I have very bad vericose veins which are in need of surgery. I feel bloated, like I just had Thanksgiving dinner, and it's not going away.

 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:17 pm

User avatar Hello,
I don't think you need to worry about an embolism here. These are extremely rare and would require a large amount of air to forced into the vagina without a means for escape. There is a slightly higher risk in pregnancy or very soon after delivery when vessels are engorged, but most likely it would still take a large amount of forced air. What you have experienced would not put you at risk for this condition.

Best wishes.

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