Vaginal foreign bodies are a complaint occasionally encountered in pediatric clinics and emergency departments, and when pediatric patients present with a vaginal foreign body sexual abuse may not be considered. We describe two children with vaginal foreign bodies who were found to have been sexually abused. Each child had a discharge positive for a sexually transmitted infection despite no disclosure or allegation of abuse.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Has this prepubertal girl been sexually abused? While the absence of genital trauma does not rule out sexual abuse, the physical examination can identify genital findings compatible with sexual abuse.
Of complaints, the most common presenting symptom or sign was anogenital bleeding or bruising Although 85 patients had examination findings that corroborated the presenting symptom s70 had nonspecific examination findings or a diagnosis other than sexual abuse. Seventy-two patients had normal examination findings.
The belief that it is easier to discern the virgin state of a woman than a man is more fable than fact, argues medical anthropologist Sherria Ayuandini. Unfortunately, it is still widely believed and practised to subjugate women. The Human Rights Watch condemned the test as a form of gender-based violence and called on the military to end the practice immediately, which it says violates the prohibition of inhuman treatment under international human rights law.
Hymens can come in different shapes. The most common hymen in young women is shaped like a half moon. This shape allows menstrual blood to flow out of the vagina.
A thin membrane, called the hymen, normally surrounds the opening of the vagina, with a small, circular opening in the center. In the case of a completely imperforate hymen, this membrane does not have an opening, so it blocks the vaginal canal. If the hymen is only partially imperforate, there is a small opening to the vagina, but extra tissue prevents the vagina from being completely open.
A two-year-old girl's mother was concerned that her daughter's vaginal opening appeared to be closed. The mother had noticed this a few months earlier when her daughter had severe diaper rash. The patient did not have urinary problems or vaginal discharge, and her birth and development histories were unremarkable.
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Skip navigation! Story from Body. There are so many myths attached to the hymen — the thin membrane that surrounds the vaginal opening — that sometimes it's difficult to sort fact from fiction.