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Learn more about Imperforate hymen

Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is imperforate hymen?

The hymen is a layer that covers most of the vaginal opening. In this condition, the hymen completely covers the opening. This prevents menstrual products from leaving the body during periods.

Symptoms of imperforate hymen

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain that occurs in regular intervals

Questions your doctor may ask to check for imperforate hymen

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose imperforate hymen

  • Do you have pain in the lower part of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Does your abdominal (stomach) pain come and go?

Treatment for imperforate hymen

Treatment is with a minor surgery. A small incision is made in the hymen, allowing menstrual fluid to drain properly. Patients may be given antibiotics to prevent infection while the wound heals.

Diseases related to Imperforate hymen


  • Abdelrahman HM, Feloney MP. Imperforate Hymen. 2022 Jul 11. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 32809411.

  • Marzuillo P, Guarino S, Apicella A, La Manna A. Imperforate hymen. Turk J Urol. 2017 Mar;43(1):102-103. doi: 10.5152/tud.2017.05695. Epub 2017 Mar 1. PMID: 28270960; PMCID: PMC5330262.

  • Lee KH, Hong JS, Jung HJ, Jeong HK, Moon SJ, Park WH, Jeong YM, Song SW, Suk Y, Son MJ, Lim JJ, Shin JI. Imperforate Hymen: A Comprehensive Systematic Review. J Clin Med. 2019 Jan 7;8(1):56. doi: 10.3390/jcm8010056. PMID: 30621064; PMCID: PMC6352236.

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