Vertical/Complete Vaginal Septum Symptoms & Causes

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What are the symptoms of vertical or complete vaginal septum?

Common symptoms include:

  • pain upon inserting a tampon
  • menstrual blood leaks out even with a tampon inserted

What causes vertical or complete vaginal septum?

  • A vertical or complete vaginal septum forms during embryological development when the tubes that eventually become a vagina don't fuse together properly.
  • The cause of this genetic abnormality is unknown.

How will vertical or complete vaginal septum affect my daughter's sex life and fertility?

  • Having a vertical or complete vaginal septum may not affect her sexual life at all. However, some women with a vertical septum experience pain during sex.
  • Women with a vertical septum can have a normal reproductive life. But because there are two uteri and two cervices, there is a higher risk for premature delivery or breech presentation (when the baby's feet come out first), which usually requires a Caesarean section.
  • Women with two cervices need a Pap smear from both the left and right cervix.
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