Kenyan gospel artiste and former TPF winner Ruth Matete recently opened up on battling imperforate hymen when she was still a young girl.
The condition did not only cause her pain but it made her doubt her ability to conceive at the time.
An imperforate hymen refers to a congenital disorder where a hymen without an opening completely obstructs the vagina.
Taking to her social media, the singer wrote
“I was born with this condition. I found out when I was 14 years old. I had started my periods but didn’t know.
My hymen was closed so there was no through way for the blood to come out. I remember being rushed to the hospital that night.
The doctor insisted I had something in my uterus and it had been there for three months..whaaat. So he insisted that I say the truth.
But all I could do was cry coz of the excruciating pain I was having. I told my aunt and doctor that I wasn’t pregnant.’
She further added
‘I had never been with a man before.
The doctor then said he would check to confirm if it was what he was suspecting even though it’s rare.
We checked and he confirmed it was what he suspected.
My hymen was closed. He said that if we didn’t do a surgery that night, my chances of surviving were minimal.
So I had to go in for an emergency surgery. The blood had been staying in my uterus all this while. Three months.’
Below are things you want to learn about the condition
- Abdominal pain.
- Abdominal swelling that can last days.
- Lack of a menstrual cycle despite having other signs of sexual maturity, such as developing breasts and pubic hair.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain, often come and going each month.
- Back pain.
- Painful urination or no urination at all. This can occur when pooled blood presses against the urethra. The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body.
- Bowel problems, such as constipation.
The standard treatment is to surgically cut away part of the hymen using a scalpel or laser. This procedure is called an hymenotomy.
If not detected early and treated, an imperforate hymen can lead to vaginal infection, kidney issues, and fertility-reducing endometriosis.
So before you ask someone unazaa lini, be sure you know the personal struggles they are going through.