This involves restoring to normal a torn hymen for cultural, religious or social reasons.
What is my hymen and where is it?
Your hymen is a thin piece of skin (membrane) that is stretched across the lower part of your vagina. The upper part of your vagina is open to allow the passing of urine and blood during your period (menstruation).
What causes my hymen to tear?
In certain cultures a woman is expected to be a virgin on the day she gets married. Therefore there is expectation that the hymen should still be intact. The only real problem with your hymen is likely to be when it becomes torn. This may happen when taking part in energetic sporting activities like gymnastics, horse-riding, cycling, when using tampons or upon a heavy fall. Tearing this fragile membrane can result in bleeding.
Can my hymen be restored to normal?
Yes, it can, but not really restored – simply re-created. Please note that surgeons tend to be very reluctant to perform this medical practice on women who have already given birth.
What does the surgery involve?
The hymen has a superior layer that can be removed and stitched to patch up the torn part of the hymen. It looks like a small ‘ring’ and will graft or fuse back together to look like the original hymen. The small hole will be small enough to, on your wedding night, tear and bleed as it may have done in the first place.
Sometimes the lining of the vaginal lip may be used to create a new hymen. This piece of skin contains a network of veins making the hymen realistic enough to be able to bleed upon penetration.
A local or light general anaesthetic will be administered to you beforehand.
Will there be complications?
Complications are reduced in this simple procedure; however, there is always the possibility of loss of feeling in the area and of infection.
How long does the surgery take?
This is a minor medical procedure that usually takes only an hour or two at the most. You would be able to return to work the following day.
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