Conditions + Treatments

Septate Hymen in Children

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Overview

A half moon of thin membrane normally surrounds a young girl's vagina. Sometimes, the membrane has a band of extra tissue — called a septate hymen — in the middle, which creates two openings to the vagina.

  • Your daughter may have a hard time fitting a tampon in, or she may fit it in but then find it difficult to pull out after it expands with blood.
  • Sexual intercourse will usually tear the extra tissue away, but there is also a minor surgery that can remove the extra tissue and create a normal sized vaginal opening.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches septate hymen

At Children's Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract, an interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, gynecologists, urogynecologists and colorectal surgeons will work to best treat your daughter's septate hymen.

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