Vaginal agenesis is a rare medical condition, wherein the vagina doesn’t develop as required with age. Also, the uterus may also fail to develop sufficiently. In most cases, this is a congenital disorder and commonly associated with kidney, heart and/or skeletal abnormalities. Also known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, the condition hampers sexual life and as a consequence makes it impossible to bear a child.
Treatment for the condition includes both surgical and non-surgical components, with patients able to resume normal sexual activity post-treatment. While women who have either a completely or partially missing uterus can’t conceive a child, it is, however, possible to have a baby using in vitro fertilization, should the woman have healthy ovaries.
- No menstrual cycles in puberty
- Kidney problems
- Lack of vaginal or anal opening
- Blood tests
The exact cause of vaginal agenesis is yet unclear, however, it is understood that in the 20th week of pregnancy, the mullerian ducts don’t develop properly. As a consequence, the uterus and vagina don’t take shape as they ought to. Without adequate treatment, those suffering from Vaginal Agenesis cannot have normal sexual life and become pregnant on their own.
- Vaginal dilation via intercourse
- Surgical intervention