Hymenoplasty is a procedure designed to repair a torn hymen. Many women opt for this particular treatment for various reasons, but mainly because of cultural conformity, or sometimes even religious reasons. A hymen is essentially a membrane that partially closes the opening of the vagina. In many countries around the world, an intact hymen is regarded as a sign of virginity. Contrary to popular belief, a hymen may get torn by tampon insertion or vigorous exercise instead of just by sexual intercourse.
If you’re planning on scheduling an appointment, please take a look at the list below that covers some of the essential conditions for viable candidates:
- Healthy women who aren’t keen on having a torn hymen due to personal reasons
- Women who have suffered an unforeseen injury that resulted in a torn hymen
- Women who begin a relationship with a new partner and want to reconstruct their hymen for personal reasons
As with most other procedures, the preparation process is of utmost importance for a successful surgery. Our surgeon will ask you a couple of questions and offer instructions on how to properly prepare for an endeavor like this. During the consultation, you might be asked about:
- Your expectations and intentions
- Your awareness about the involved risks and potential complications
- The reasoning behind your decision
- Your medical history and medications you’re currently taking
It’s important that you answer the questions truthfully and also ask about anything that might seem confusing or incomprehensible. Good and honest communication between the doctor and the patient is essential for the next few steps.
The reconstruction of the hymen is done under local anesthesia and IV sedation if needed or preferred. The surgeon will excise the torn edges of your hymen and suture it back together using dissolvable sutures. The critical thing to point out is that there are no scars after the surgery.
On top of that, it takes only about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure. Given that it’s rather routinely done, you can expect to be out of the surgery room within an hour or hour and a half.
You may experience some discomfort in the first 48-72 hours, along with some spotting. The healing process lasts for about six weeks. You can usually go home shortly after the procedure, but you have to abstain from sexual activities, avoid tight underwear, and avoid using tampons for at least four to six weeks. Bear in mind that these numbers can vary, depending on the severity of the procedure as well as your health condition.
Many women are satisfied with the results of hymenoplasty, mainly because it’s a relatively low-risk procedure. The risks include bleeding, infection, and pain during intercourse, but those are easily mitigated with various medications. On top of that, most patients never experience these risks as they are quite rare.
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