The hymen is the thin tissue around the entry of the vagina that
usually has an opening for menstrual blood to pass through. Imperforate hymen
means that the hymen does not have an opening, so the entry of the vagina is
completely closed off by the hymen.
Imperforate hymen is often discovered when a girl starts her
period. Because menstrual blood cannot get out of the vagina, the blood backs
up. This causes pain and pressure in the pelvic area.
Imperforate hymen is treated with surgery to create an opening in
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine