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Gynecology

Closed vagina on a 17 year old

10/15/2008

Question:

I am 17 and I think there is something wrong with my vaginal opening because I am unable to use a tampon. I researched and my only explanation was that it could be a labial adhesion, but that is supposed to go away when a girl begins puberty. What should I do?

Answer:

The best place to start is with your primary care provider, who can examine you and determine if there is a labial adhesion or some other problem that is interfering with your ability to use a tampon. Depending on what they see, they will be able to give you further advice.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati