Vertical/Complete Vaginal Septum

Also known as: vertical vaginal septum, complete vaginal septum, double vagina, longitudinal vagina septum.

What is vertical/complete vaginal septum?

 A vertical, or complete vaginal septum, refers to a vagina which has a extra wall of tissue dividing the vagina into 2 separate cavities.
 

What causes vertical/complete vaginal septum? 

Vertical/complete vaginal septum is a congenital birth defect, the exact cause of which is unknown.
 

What are the symptoms of vertical/complete vaginal septum? 

During childhood, girls may have no symptoms. Once puberty starts there may be difficulty with pain inserting a tampon, or menstrual bleeding may continue after the placement of a tampon or later there may be pain with intercourse and/or it being noticed that the penis moves more to one side. While reproduction may be normal, it’s not uncommon for babies to be born prematurely and there is a greater risk of breech delivery.
 

What are vertical/complete vaginal septum care options? 

Observation only may be reasonable if the condition causes no complications. Surgery to remove the wall of tissue to establish a single vagina may be recommended.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:17:00 PM

From the Newsdesk

Bianca’s Journey to Being Pain Free
Bianca suffered from pain and a severe bowleg deformity for many years as a result of Blount’s disease, a growth disorder that affects the bones in children and young adults.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Chief of Surgery for Nicklaus Children’s Passes Away
The medical staff, employees and volunteers of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital mourn the passing of our esteemed Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia, a longstanding leader and dedicated champion for children with complex medical conditions and their families.