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Labial Adhesions

Labial adhesions involve the “sticking” together of the inner skin folds (labia) of the vulva. These are a common occurrence in young girls. The actual cause of labial adhesions is not known, but could be related to low levels of estrogen. Skin irritation in the area is also a possible cause. Labial adhesions might not cause any symptoms in infants or young girls. When symptoms do occur, they might include: pain in the vaginal area, especially when straddling an object (like riding a bike), difficulty urinating (with urine coming out in dribbles), getting urinary tract infections, and vaginal discharge.

Recommended first line therapy is topical treatment (creams). If very symptomatic or persistent/recurrent labial adhesions, a minor procedure to correct it may be indicated.