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Not all cribriform hymens require treatment. But you may choose to have your hymen surgically corrected if the condition interferes with:

  • Menstrual flow.
  • Pelvic exams and tests that help you monitor your health, such as Pap smears.
  • Sex.
  • Tampon use.

The surgery, called hymenectomy, is a minor procedure performed in a doctor’s office, clinic or operating room. Your healthcare provider cuts away the extra tissue, leaving only one opening that’s normal size.

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about options for anesthesia to control pain during the procedure. You may need stitches afterward, which usually dissolve on their own.

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