Closed vagina

Colette - posted on 01/13/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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please no criticism for asking this online, but my daughters vagina appears to be completely closed! How common is this and will it resolve itself - what's the worst case scenario?

She's 5 months old.

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Raye - posted on 01/14/2016

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If it is the hymen, then it's nothing "wrong". Having the child see the doctor would be the best bet at determining what it is for sure and if it's anything to be concerned about.

Raye - posted on 01/14/2016

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Sarah, do you think it could be an imperforate hymen? The doctors would check, but may not mention it, if this were the case. Did I miss where the OP said it was a new condition and she was not born with it?

Sarah - posted on 01/13/2016

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If she was born in a hospital, this is something that is checked at birth. However, there is a condition called labial adhesion and it occurs in 2 percent of girls up to age 6. It can be partial or completely closed. Take her to her doctor for an assessment, do not try to separate the labia yourself. That will hurt and can cause scar tissue As frightening as it is, it usually resolves on it's own.

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Sarah - posted on 01/15/2016

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The only reassurance I can offer is fused vaginal syndrome or vaginal agenesis are present from birth. So if the baby checked out ok at delivery, it is more likely to be labial adhesion. Again, everyone is right, get your doctor to check it out.

Theresa - posted on 01/15/2016

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The best thing to do is go to the doctors office I know you have read on here I am sure. I did a little research and I have read it could be fused vaginal syndrome or vaginal agenesis. I am not a doctor, just a parent of 3 little girls and I am trying to help. Try to read up on them and see what you think.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2016

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Certainly imperforate hymen is possible, but if she were hospital born, an examination of her genitals would be done at delivery and by the pediatrician as well. It isn't any sort of extensive evaluation but every newborn's genitals are examined to a degree; to make sure the baby has a urethra, vagina and anus. I suppose I presumed too much by expecting that the baby was evaluated at birth.
Colette, did you just notice it recently? Or has it been this way since birth?
Good call, Raye.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2016

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Sure, and the doctor next next week is fine. the good news for you is she was not born with this, as when she was born her vagina was evaluated as part of her newborn assessment.
The cause of labial adhesion is still uncertain; some doctors believe it hormone related while others believe it can be trigger by a case or severe diaper rash. I am sure your doctor will put you mind at ease.

Colette - posted on 01/13/2016

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Thank you Sarah, I can only get her to the Dr next week, I really needed to hear some positive facts and advice.

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2016

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No idea,, but you should get it checked by her doctor if you are concerned.

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