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The hymen is the thin tissue around the opening to the vagina. Usually the hymen has an opening. This lets menstrual blood pass through the vagina.
In rare cases, the hymen does not have an opening. This is called imperforate hymen. Doctors often diagnose it when a girl starts her period and has pain and pressure in the pelvic area. This is caused by the backed-up menstrual blood.
To treat it, your doctor will make an opening in the hymen. This will let the blood drain. Call your doctor for follow-up care.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & RSURemoved
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