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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 an imperforate hymen. Doctors often diagnose it around puberty, when symptoms of pain and pressure in the pelvic area may start to occur. 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.
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.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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