What is Hymenoplasty and How Does It Work?
Hymen restoration or hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure which uses the remaining hymenal ring tissue to reattach the hymen after it has been torn. This procedure can only be performed on women who have not had children.
Who Needs Hymen Restoration Surgery?
Women requesting this procedure do so primarily for religious or cultural reasons. Pre-marriage virginity is sometimes a requirement and in some cultures may be met with harm if the soon to be bride is found not to be a virgin.
How Long Is Recovery And How Long Is The Surgery?
Hymen repair generally takes 30 minutes and is performed in the office, under local anesthesia. There may be some slight bleeding during the first 48-72 hours, but this is perfectly normal. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. There will be no visible signs that the hymen was reconstructed. No sexual intercourse until after 7 weeks.
What Causes The Hymen To Tear?
The hymen is a small, thin membrane just inside the opening of the vagina. Many things other than intercourse can wear the hymen away including bicycling, horseback riding, gymnastics, and tampons. It does not take much to fully open the hymen.
Bleeding with an initial sexual encounter and breaking the hymen don’t necessarily go hand in hand. A woman can bleed from the vaginal wall that isn’t adequately lubricated more often than from a broken hymen.
Are There Any Risks With a Hymenoplasty?
Although this is a pretty simple surgery, there are risks associated with any surgery such as excessive bleeding and poor healing. Although rare, these are possible risks/complications specific to this surgery:
- Unusual or foul-smelling discharge
- Intense itching
- Abnormal bleeding
- Excessive pain