Labial adhesions (2124)

Key points below

What is a labial adhesion?

The skin around the vagina is called the labia. If the labia gets swollen and sore, and sticks together, it is a labial adhesion. If the adhesion is mild, you may still be able to see the vaginal opening. If it is more severe, you may not be able to see the vaginal opening. This is most common in young girls between the 3 months and 6 years of age.  

These adhesions may cause:

How is the procedure done?  

Numbing cream is put around the vagina about 30 to 45 minutes before the procedure starts. The adhesions are gently separated with a cotton tip applicator. If your child has a hard time with the procedure or if it is too painful, the procedure may be stopped. It may need to be done at a later date when anesthesia can be used. 

How do I care for my child after the procedure?

For a few days

For one week

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • A lot of bleeding.
  • Swelling, redness, or bruising that is not getting better. 
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.