The hymen is a thin membrane shaped like a half-moon that partially covers the opening of a young girl’s vagina, allowing space for menstrual blood to flow out. The hymen can rip or tear during the first sexual life, which usually results in pain and, sometimes, mild temporary bleeding or spotting.
In this video, we will introduce you a Septate hymen.
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So, What is an Septate hymen?
A septate hymen is when this thin membrane has a band of extra tissue in the middle that creates two small vaginal openings instead of one, making it difficult to get a tampon in or out.
You can see in the picture “septate hymen” that you have an extra band of hymeneal tissue that is partially blocking the opening to your vagina.
Cuases of septate hymen
A septate hymen is a congenital disorder, meaning it is present at birth. It occurs when the hymen membrane does not form properly during the development of the fetus. The cause of this abnormal development is not yet known.
Symptoms and diagnosis
There may be no symptoms until a female reaches puberty and begins using tampons during her periods or her first vaginal sexual life.
There are also may some symptoms include:
- Difficulty inserting or removing a tampon
- Pain or bleeding during sexual intercourse caused when the hymen tears
Treatment of septate hymen
Ask your gynecologist whether the septum should be removed before having sex or using a tampon. If the septate hymen tissue doesn’t tear naturally or through intercourse, the doctor might recommend a hymenectomy. A hymenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to remove the excess hymenal tissue from the vaginal opening. This is a very simple procedure that can be done in a doctor’s office with local anesthesia or as an outpatient procedure with sedation or general anesthesia.
Are there other types of hymen?
There are several types of hymen shapes. crescentic hymen, annular hymen, dentate hymen, fimbriate hymen, lunar-shape hymen, septate hymen, bifenestrate hymen, cribriform hymen, microperforated hymen and imperforate hymen. Some women are even born without hymen! The most common shape of the hymen is crescentic hymen that presents no tissue at the 12 o’clock position.
If you are interested, we have also introduced other types of hymen in another video in detail.
Septate hymen structure, causes, symptoms, treatment, types of hymen | Female reproductive system
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