What Is Imperforate Hymen? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

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An imperforate hymen is a condition in which the hymen covers the entire opening of the vagina, sealing it shut.

The condition is a congenital disorder, meaning that it’s something a girl is born with. Experts are not sure why it happens, notes MedlinePlus.

What Is the Hymen?

The hymen is a thin membrane that usually covers part of the opening of the vagina. It typically has an opening that widens as a girl approaches puberty.

Hymens may have different shapes, with the most common shape being a crescent moon, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

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