Q&A: I Cut My Vagina While Masturbating With A Lint Roller

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QUESTION: Last week I masturbated with a lint roller handle. I felt like it may have scratched me when I did it. The next day at school I started to bleed; the bleeding continued and it wasn’t too bad, but I needed to use a tampon. I know it's a cut because the blood always showed up on the one side in a line. I just want to know why it hasn't healed yet. Am I okay? And how long will it take to heal?

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Whatever object you use for vaginal penetration, you would be wise to be careful about how rough the penetration is and how far back you go.

Vaginal cuts, if they’re small and mostly in the top layers of tissue, typically take about 2 to 4 days to heal if a woman is otherwise healthy and doesn’t further irritate the vagina.

But if she continues to irritate the vagina, such as by having intercourse or other types of vaginal penetration, then it can take longer to heal because the vagina keeps experiencing friction.

Find The Right Sex Toy

I can understand how a lint roller handle may have irritated the fairly sensitive vagina.

If you are comfortable talking with your mom about sexuality issues, you might ask her to help you buy a dildo or vibrator.

Another option is to use a smooth object such as a long thing candle, a cucumber, or a banana and then put a lubricated condom over the object.

Pay Attention To Your Body

Whatever object you use for vaginal penetration, you would be wise to be careful about how rough the penetration is and how far back you go.

Although it’s somewhat common for women to experience slight cuts in the vaginal canal, which typically heal within a few days, it can be more serious to damage the back of the vagina or the area around the cervix.

Such cuts can take longer to heal or result in more blood loss. At any point, whether from masturbation, vaginal intercourse, or for unknown reasons, if you experience significant vaginal bleeding, genital pain, irritation, or discomfort—or if you have symptoms that worsen or that you simply have questions about—I would encourage you to check in with a healthcare provider.

Some vaginal cuts require more immediate attention and possibly even a prescription antibiotic or other treatment.

For more information about vaginal and vulvar care, check out Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva or The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Vulvovaginal Health.

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Read Dr. Debby Herbenick’s response.

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Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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