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 or nurse call line 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 call line 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.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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