Vaginal agenesis is a congenital disorder of the reproductive system affecting one in 5,000 females. It occurs when the vagina, the muscular canal connecting the cervix of the uterus to the vulva, stops developing because the vaginal plate fails to form the channel.
More than 1.2 million Canadians are living with Vaginal agenesis (nearly 10% of our entire population). Approximately 1/3 of women have been treated with an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection (UTI), and half of all women will be treated. In the past year, 10% of all all girls have Vaginal agenesis
Vaginoplasty: Most young women, however, will require surgical reconstruction. Techniques vary widely, but the vagina can be constructed using a graft either of skin or a buccal mucosa or using a segment of large bowel. In the first procedure, the surgeon creates a vagina by harvesting a thin piece of skin from the patient's buttocks and placing it over a mold to create a vagina.
The Clinic doctors contribute to the understanding and treatment of Vaginal agenesis through research and clinical practice. Researchers at Clinic focus on improving the diagnostic procedures and treatments used for all types of Vaginal agenesis.