Labial adhesions occur when the inner vaginal lips – known as the labia minora – become stuck together. The area affected may be small or extensive. Young children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years are most affected by this condition – which develops in about one percent of all females. The condition affects an estimated one percent of all girls, generally between the ages of 3 months and 6 years.
Though the cause of labial adhesions is unknown, irritation or inflammation of the labia – possibly from wet diapers or certain soaps – may cause them to fuse together, as well as low levels of estrogen, which affects the skin cells.
If your daughter has a labial adhesion, she may also experience:
This condition may be discovered during a regular check-up and can be fully diagnosed through visual inspection.