What is Hymenoplasty?
Hymenoplasty, also called hymen repair, is a surgical procedure that restores the hymen. This type of reconstructive surgery is often requested by a woman for physical, psychological, religious, or cultural beliefs.
What is a Hymen?
The hymen is a human tissue that resembles an oval rubber washer. The hymen partially or completely covers a woman's vaginal opening. In most cases, the hymen first forms while the female is still in her mother's womb.
Contrary to popular beliefs, the hymen is not a seal. Additionally, there will not always be blood when the hymen first ruptures.The hymen can be ruptured through sexual intercourse.
However, a torn hymen can also be caused by a number of circumstances, including:
Why do people choose hymenoplasty?
Throughout history, an intact hymen has served as a "proof" of a woman's virginity. In the medical world, however, a torn hymen is not proof of a woman's sexual activity. As stated in the section above, a hymen can be torn by normal everyday activities.
Approximately 1 in 1,000 women are also born without a hymen.If your religion requires proof of virginity before marriage, a hymenoplasty surgery will help. The surgical repair will also tighten the vaginal opening and may cause bleeding upon vaginal penetration.
Candidates for Hymenoplasty
The candidates for hymen restoration surgery are typically women who have torn their natural hymen but want or need it intact for personal reasons or cultural reasons.
A candidate for hymenoplasty should:
- Be in good health
- Have realistic expectations
- Be a non-smoker
- Fully understand the risks and complications of this type of plastic surgery
It is important to note that women who have given birth may not be a candidate for hymenoplasty. However, it is always best to go in for an initial consultation to discuss your medical history with the doctor, who will determine whether or not you can undergo hymen restoration surgery.
Hymenoplasty is a simple procedure. Most patients are given local anesthesia prior to hymen repair.
During hymenoplasty surgery, the surgeon will cut away any torn skin around the edges of the natural hymen. After cutting, any thin tissue that remains will be stitched together using dissolvable stitches to form the new hymen.
If there is not enough skin to restore the hymen during the operation, or if there is no hymen present, the doctor may create one using a thin layer of vaginal skin or synthetic tissue.
What are the possible side effects of hymenoplasty?
Many women who undergo hymen repair rarely report any complications. However, like any other surgical procedure, hymenoplasty still carries risks. The patient is advised to go to the clinic or contact their doctors if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Dizziness or nausea
- Extreme pain three days following the hymen repair
- Unusual or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Intense itching
- Abnormal bleeding
What is the average recovery after hymenoplasty?
n general, it could take a patient between six to eight weeks to fully recover from the treatment. The patient may be given prescription medication to help manage the pain and discomfort. The doctor will also provide the patient with post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery time.
During the recovery, patients are advised against any type of strenuous exercise. Penetrative sex and tampon use are also not advised for the next six weeks.