Fused labia (labial adhesions) - babies and young girls
fused; labia; fusion; adhesion; ;
In girls and women the external female genitals include the labia majora (larger outer lips) and the labia minora (smaller inner lips). These lie along the sides of the opening from the bladder (urethra) and the opening of the vagina.
Usually the labia minora are separate, with a clear opening between them. But sometimes the labia minora are stuck together, leaving a smaller opening (or rarely, no opening). This is called ‘fused labia’, or ‘labial adhesions’. Fused labia most commonly occur when girls are between the ages of about 6 months and 6 years.
This is not uncomfortable, and usually does not cause any problems. The labia always separate as a girl gets older when the levels of the hormone oestrogen rise in her body in early puberty, but if there are any problems the labia can be separated earlier.
To read more about fused labia in children
Raising Children Network (Australia)
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
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