At my daughters 9-month wellness appointment the pediatrician told us that she had a vaginal adhesion. This basically means that her vagina was closing up. It wasn’t a problem at this time but without taking care of it there could be problems for her later in life. My husband and I looked at him quizzically. The pediatrician then says, sex could be very painful for her, when she has sex. My husband pipes up with a statement about his daughter never having sex. Ha ha ha.
We were told that we had to get Neosporin and rub it straight down along the opening of her vagina every evening until it started opening back up. He showed us how to do it and my daughter screamed and screamed. I wasn’t looking forward to this. The pediatrician showed us that it had opened a bit from him doing it and we would have to come back in two weeks to see how it was progressing.
Each evening my husband and I would do our bath time routine with her and then had to add this before we put her diaper on her. I felt like we were molesting her. I hated it and she hated it. After two weeks we went back and he said it was back to normal and we didn’t need to do it anymore.
When she was about 15 months old she was touching herself down there quite a bit and complaining a lot. I figure I would take a look at her vaginal opening the next time I changed her diaper and, sure enough, it looked like it was closing up. Off to the doctor we went…
This time our usual pediatrician wasn’t available and we saw another one. As I had suspected, the vaginal adhsesion had returned and was pretty bad. We had to give urine samples to make sure that the closure hadn’t caused a Urinary Tract Infection. Luckily, it had not, but now we had to get prescription estrogen crème to put on her nightly. Again, torture for two weeks.
Interestingly enough, the second pediatrician that we saw said that there would be no effect on her later in life. According to this pediatrician, when girls go through puberty this basically works itself out. I told her what the other doctor had said and she actually left the room to go verify what she told me. Another pediatrician came in as well and they both said the same thing- this wouldn’t effect her later in life. That was frustrating because here you have two doctors saying one thing and one saying another.
Either way, the problem is fixed for now and I try to take a look about once a month to see if the adhesion has returned. So far it hasn’t and I hope, for all of our sakes, it doesn’t.