Vaginal agenesis is a rare congenital birth defect that can occur in females. Patients with vaginal agenesis, are born without a vagina, or with a very short vaginal canal. Many patients who are are born with this condition also suffer from other reproductive organ defects such as an absent or small uterus. In addition some patients also suffer from kidney abnormalities. Most cases of vaginal agenesis remain unnoticed until puberty, when the condition prevents menstruation from beginning.
It’s not clear what causes vaginal agenesis. Scientists think that at some point during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, tubes called the mullerian ducts don’t develop properly. Normally, one of these ducts develops into the uterus and vagina, and the other grows into fallopian tubes.
Symptoms of vaginal agenesis?
- Small pouch or dimple where vaginal opening should be
- Lack of menstrual cycle
- Lower abdominal pain if a uterus is present without a connection to a vaginal canal.
Treatment for Vaginal Agenesis
Treatment for vaginal agenesis may vary depending on the patient’s individual condition. Two common types of treatment for vaginal agenesis may include:
Some females may be able to reconstruct their vaginas non-surgically through daily use of a dilator. Using a very small tube called a dilator, the patient applies pressure over the vaginal area for about twenty minutes each day to stretch the vaginal canal.
Surgical reconstruction of the vagina, the most common form of treatment for vaginal agenesis, is achieved through a procedure known as vaginoplasty. This procedure reconstructs the vagina with a graft of skin or tissue from the inner-cheek lining, which is then applied to an incision where the vagina would normally be located.
Prior to treatment, vaginal agenesis may impact your sexual relationships
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