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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Vaginal Absence Deformities

Vaginal Absence Deformities

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The Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
6550 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
713-441-9229
713-791-5023 fax
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Women born with vaginal absence deformities are often met with unforeseen physical and emotional challenges. Physicians at The Methodist Hospital provide the best care with integrity and accountability for their patients to have a speedy recovery and minimal discomfort during the procedures. Our physicians appreciate the challenge of congenital absence of the vagina in patients and understand their desire to live full active lives. We make it our goal to give women that chance.

MRKH Syndrome (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser)

Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a rare congenital disease that affects roughly one out of every 4500 women. MRKH is characterized by an absence of the vagina and uterus, which is usually not discovered until the female has reached puberty. The condition is not recognized early in life because patients have normal female external genitalia and normal breast and pubic hair development, as well as normal ovaries and ovarian hormonal production.

Symptoms normally begin to show when menstruation does not begin by age 16 (primary amenorrhea). Although women with this condition are usually unable to carry a pregnancy, they may be able to have children with the help of assisted reproduction.

Women with MRKH syndrome may also have abnormalities in other parts of the body. The kidneys may be abnormally formed or positioned, or one kidney may fail to develop (unilateral renal agenesis). Affected individuals commonly develop skeletal abnormalities, particularly of the spinal bones (vertebrae). Females with MRKH syndrome may also have hearing loss or heart defects.

Treatment

Treatment options are available to help patients live with or to correct MRKH. Talk to your physician about which options might be best for your lifestyle and quality of life. Treatment options may include:

  • A vagina can be created without surgery using dilators that expand and stretch the existing vagina over time, using intermittent pressure.
  • A vaginoplasty may be performed, using a skin graft from another part of the body.
  • Other surgical options are available, and can be tailored to the individual patient’s circumstance.

Talk to our specialists

These issues can be embarrassing, but they can be resolved. Your first step is to talk with one of our specialists. Call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229 to find the right specialist and schedule an appointment.

How to make an appointment

To schedule an appointment with a physician specializing in vaginal absence deformities, please call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229.