Septate Hymen

What is a septate hymen?

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

After a septate hymen is successfully removed or tears on its own, your daughter should have a normal sexual and reproductive life. If a septate hymen isn't removed, it will create infertility or provide a form of natural contraception.

How we care for a septate hymen

At the Boston Children's Hospital Division of Gynocology, an interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, gynecologists, urogynecologists and colorectal surgeons will work to best treat your daughter's septate hymen.