Vaginal agenesis a-JEN-uh-sis is a rare disorder that occurs when the vagina doesn't develop, and the womb uterus may only develop partially or not at all. This condition is present before birth, and may also be associated with kidney, heart or skeletal abnormalities. Both surgical and nonsurgical treatments are available. After treatment, you may be able to have a normal sex life. Women with a missing or partially missing uterus can't get pregnant.
Read terms. Amies Oelschlager, MD. ABSTRACT: At puberty, a patient with an imperforate hymen typically presents with a vaginal bulge of thin hymenal tissue with a dark or bluish hue caused by the hematocolpos behind it. Other findings that may be present include an abdominal mass, urinary retention, dysuria, constipation, and dyschezia. On evaluation, the goal is to differentiate an imperforate hymen from other obstructing anatomic etiologies, such as labial adhesions, urogenital sinus, transverse vaginal septum, or distal vaginal atresia. Surgical intervention is necessary only in symptomatic prepubertal patients. After confirmation of the diagnosis, surgical intervention usually is deferred until pubertal estrogenization has occurred because the imperforate hymen may open spontaneously at puberty.
You may not have heard of vaginal stenosis before. If that is the case, you may have a lot of questions. VuvaGirl is here to help you understand the causes of vaginal stenosis, as well as the vaginal stenosis symptoms you will want to look out for. The word stenosis refers to the abnormal narrowing of any passage within the body. Therefore vaginal stenosis is the term given to a narrowing and shortening of the vagina otherwise referred to as the birth canal.
An imperforate hymen is a congenital disorder where a hymen without an opening completely obstructs the vagina. It is caused by a failure of the hymen to perforate during fetal development. It is most often diagnosed in adolescent girls when menstrual blood accumulates in the vagina and sometimes also in the uterus. It is treated by surgical incision of the hymen. Affected newborns may present with acute urinary retention.