sometimes it's called labial fusion,
is basically where there's a
that develops obscuring the vagina.
Small children don't have labia
developed until they reach puberty.
It's not the labia that are fused,
but it is the vaginal edges.
And what you would see as a parent,
you'd suddenly think,
the vagina's disappeared.
So you'd perhaps have a look
and think, where's it gone?
And what you'll see is a thin line
where the skin's fused,
almost like a little bit of
across the vagina
with a tiny hole just at the front
your daughter would pass urine from.
It affects somewhere between
about two and five per cent of girls,
so lack of oestrogen isn't the only
thing because all girls will have that.
So we think that perhaps
as a trigger factor
perhaps some nappy rash or
some inflammation, some soreness
that makes the skin a bit sticky.
Then the labial edges,
the vaginal edges, stick together
and that gives you a labial fusion.
It's most commonly noticed between
the ages of about two and five or so.
Most girls with it
are completely asymptomatic.
They have no symptoms, whatsoever.
Some small girls can be prone
to urine infections.
There's no clear evidence that
more common with labial adhesions.
If you were worried that
your daughter had labial adhesions
it is worth asking your GP
to have a look.
That may well be all the reassurance
that you need.
The main thing to remember
is that it's a minor condition.
It usually gets better on its own.
And it has no long term risks
for your daughter's sexual life
or fertility or anything else
in the future,
so just be reassured, really.