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Something like a cord in my vagina

By Anonymous February 3, 2011 - 7:14pm
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Ever since I first got my period at 14, I have sometimes have problems with tampons seeming to get 'caught' in my vagina. I have figured out that there's a cord-like piece of flesh that stretches across my vagina that the tampon gets stuck on. I am not a virgin, and my hymen definitely broke the first time I had intercourse (there was a lot of blood) but I still occasionally have this problem. It's extremely painful and I have no idea what the 'cord' is or how to get rid of it.

I also have a second question: Sometimes when I have sex, there seems to be a wall in my vagina that blocks the penis from going very deep, and I can feel a strong and painful pressure. This doesn't always happen, but that could just be that I get too caught up to notice or penetration is at a different angle. Is this normal? What's going on?

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I would imagine that since it requires local anesthesia it is not something very invasive-- just a matter of the doctor will use to cut the excess skin. You can contact your doctor's office and they may give you more information on how exactly it is removed.

March 16, 2011 - 6:42am

Ok, thank you so much! When you get it removed do you know how they would remove it?

March 15, 2011 - 1:23pm


I don't believe it is harmful to keep it. However, it can be cumbersome and even painful depending on how much skin is obstructing during sex or upon insertion of a tampon. Removing it is a simple office procedure and definitely recommended.

Best Wishes!

March 15, 2011 - 7:38am

I have this same problem. When I went to the gyneocologist they just looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to explain it, but when she looked at it, she put the spectrum in to hold me open but it was behind the spectrum so she did not believe me. I'm so thankful to see something about this condition. I have researched so much and this is the only thing I have came across that has explained my condition. I only have one question, what happens if you do not get it removed, is it harmful for you to keep it?

March 14, 2011 - 10:38pm

Here you go, Anon! I hope this response from Dr. Sarrel help you tremendously as he was very familiar with your condition.

"An article published by Yale investigators may very well explain the
situation you have. It has to do with how the vagina is formed when you were an embryo and a fetus. At one point in development the entire vagina is a solid structure. Then cells grow in from the surface and hollow out the space that becomes the developed vagina. It turns out it is not unusual for the process to be incomplete. The Yale researchers found 8% of babies has a remnant strand or piece of tissue. The condition is entirely benign (i.e. nothing to worry about) but it should be corrected. Most often it doesn't show up until you start to have sex involving vaginal penetration. During sex response the vagina expands and that may be the only time when the remnant becomes a "blockage"-the rest of the time it may lie flat against the vaginal wall and not interfere with menstruation. It may not be apparent at the time of a pelvic examination unless the physician or nurse has been alerted to its' possibility. You should be examined and the remnant should be removed-that's a simple office procedure using a local anesthetic. Sometimes, if you know what you're dealing with, it may be possible for you and your partner to figure how to negotiate the remnant. But, it's probably best to have the situation corrected.

In reference to the tampon getting stuck: That's often the way the problem is first presented for medical help. The tampon gets past the strand going in but gets stuck behind it. The strands most often go from the upper wall of the vagina (or the hymen) to the lower (anterior to posterior). They are about 1/8 inch wide and about the same thickness."

-Dr. Sarrel

February 5, 2011 - 7:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Is it possible that this cord could have broke and start to hang out of the vagina?

August 13, 2012 - 12:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

I have a 13 yr old daughter who needed my help to remove a tampon due to this "strand". I found this info and allowed her to read it so she would know she is not the only female with this problem. I have tried to investigate this problem further on the Internet (since she is not ready to see a Gyn at this time) and have been unsuccessful. I would like to know the medical term for this.

Thank you for your time and help!

April 12, 2012 - 12:03pm
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

this sets my mind at ease to know this is normal!!! i have the same problem. I started experiencing it when i was about 12 so 4 years now. But mine is a little different. One day, mine just basically seperated right down the middle. no pain, no blood, nothing. But the skin cord is actually still there. Like there are 2 piecces of skin that are just sort of hanging from the side walls of my vag. Is this part normal?? Im so nervous about it for some reason

October 18, 2011 - 10:29pm
(reply to awagner3)

Hi Awagner,

Have you explained this to your mom or a close relative of yours? It may help to remove the excess piece of skin but you will need to have a gynecologist take a look at it first-- it may be normal anatomy, remember all woman are different.

Let your mom know, schedule an appointment, and keep us posted.

Good luck,


October 19, 2011 - 6:48am

Dear Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHer and thank you for your question. We have submitted it to Dr. Sarrel, our gynecology expert, to help you with this.

As soon as we get a response from him, we will get back to you!


February 4, 2011 - 5:56am
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