Imperforate Hymen Symptoms & Causes

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What are the symptoms of imperforate hymen in young girls?

Common symptoms include:

  • lack of a first menstrual cycle
  • abdominal pain, back pain or difficulty with urination at the time of her first period when the blood backs up in the vaginal canal

What causes imperforate hymen?

An imperforate hymen may occur during embryological development when the hymenal membrane doesn't form properly.

How will imperforate hymen affect my daughter's sex life and fertility?

After an imperforate hymen is successfully removed, your daughter will be able to have normal sexual intercourse. The fact that she had an imperforate hymen won't affect her ability to have children or enjoy sexual activity.

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