MRKH, or “Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome” is a disorder that affects 1 in 5,000 women. Although you are born with it, it is not hereditary, and is not passed on from your parents. It is a birth defect that may appear in women with kidney, skeletal and hearing disorders. Treatment for MRKH involves vaginal reconstruction by an expert reconstructive surgeon.
MRKH can cause the vagina and uterus to either be absent or underdeveloped. Externally, the genitalia can appear relatively normal. A woman with MRKH has normally functioning ovaries and all normal female chromosomes. Many women are diagnosed with MRKH when they reach the age that they should begin to menstruate.
Upon a medical examination, it is found that they are lacking a vaginal canal or possess a very short vaginal canal that would make intercourse impossible. This can be emotionally disturbing for many young women. Fortunately, the neovagina is a safe and effective procedure that can restore sexual function.
Neovagina is a surgical procedure that creates a vaginal canal for those that have MRKH. Several surgical procedures exist to create a neovagina. The following types of procedures can be used on those with MRKH: