Imperforate Hymen: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

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.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve), if you have pain. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Do not take two or more pain medicines at the same time unless the doctor told you to. Many pain medicines have acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be harmful.
  • Do not douche or try to use a tampon until your doctor says it is okay.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have increasing pain after the first 24 hours.
  • You have a lot of bright red vaginal bleeding.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You have a fever or a vaginal discharge.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: October 13, 2016