Rokitansky syndrome is a rare congenital disease that causes changes in the uterus and vagina, so that they are poorly developed or absent. Thus, it is common that women with this syndrome present a short vaginal canal or born without a uterus. Generally, Rokitansky syndrome is detected at around 15 when the girl does not have menstruation or when, upon initiation of sexual activity, they find difficulty that prevent or hinder intimate sexual contact.
Rokitansky syndrome is curable by surgery, especially in cases malformations of the vagina. However, the woman may need assisted reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination to get pregnant.
Symptoms of Rokitansky Syndrome
Symptoms of Rokitansky syndrome depend on the woman presents malformation, but may include:
- Absence of menstruation
- Recurrent abdominal pain
- Pain or difficulty maintaining intimate contact
- Difficulty becoming pregnant
- Urinary incontinence
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Back problems, such as scoliosis
When a woman has these symptoms, she should consult a gynecologist to do a pelvic ultrasound examination and diagnose the problem by starting the appropriate treatment.
Rokitansky syndrome can also be known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome or Müllerian agenesis.
Treatment of Rokitansky Syndrome
The treatment for Rokitansky syndrome should be guided by a gynecologist, but typically includes the use of surgery to correct defects in the vagina or uterus transplant, where the woman decides to become pregnant.
However, in milder cases of malformations in the vagina, the doctor may only recommend the use of vaginal dilators plastic stretching the vaginal canal, allowing the woman keep close contact properly.
After treatment, it is not guaranteed that the women can get pregnant, however, in some cases with the use of assisted reproduction techniques, it is possible that the woman becomes pregnant.