- Injuries to the female genital area (labia, vulva, vagina)
- Injuries to the male genital area (scrotum or penis)
Types of Genital Injuries
- Most are bruises (with swelling) or minor cuts that heal rapidly in 3 to 4 days.
- Minor injuries can cause lots of bleeding here because of the rich blood supply.
- Definition: injury to the groin from falling on an object that is being straddled.
- Examples are playground equipment, crossbars of a bicycle, fence, etc.
- Females usually get a bruise or small cut of the labia majora or minora. The female urethra and hymen are usually spared because they are protected by the overlying labia.
- In males, the urethra is more external and it can be compressed between the hard object and the bony pelvis. The urethra can be bruised or torn.
- The most reliable finding of a damaged urethra is a drop of blood at the opening of the urethra. Other findings are bloody urine, difficulty starting the stream or painful urination.