Hymen repair, also known as hymenoplasty, is a surgery done to restore the thin membrane that acts as a barrier to the vagina. It can be referred to as "restoring your virginity," and is commonly done for cultural and religious reasons, or as an act of empowerment after sexual assault.
Contrary to popular belief, they hymen doesn't completely cover the vaginal opening. It actually features a small opening that enables the flow of menstrual blood and other secretions.
There are many reasons why women of all ages undergo surgery to restore the hymen. They include:
Cultural and religious reasons. In some cultures and religions, it's important to prove chastity with an intact hymen.
Healing after abuse or assault. After suffering from sexual assault or abuse, restoring the hymen can be an important step on the journey towards healing.
Repair an injury to the hymen. For some women, it's very important that their hymen is broken during their first sexual encounter. If it tore prematurely due to non-sexual activities, such as horseback riding or using tampons, the procedure can restore the membrane.
There are two forms of hymen repair. The first is a simple restoration, which involves trimming and pulling the remaining tissue together to close the tear, leaving a very small opening. This restores the hymen to its normal shape and size.
The second option involves creating an entirely new hymen, either using your natural vaginal skin or synthetic tissue. This is done if your natural hymen does not possess enough remaining tissue for a simple repair. With this procedure, a small artificial or natural blood supply can be added to simulate bleeding upon penetration.
Your recovery will depend on the extent of the repair. In general, this is an outpatient procedure. That means you won't need to stay overnight in the hospital and will be free to return home the very same day to begin the healing process.
If you have a sedentary job, you will probably be able to return to work the next day. However, you will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity. For the first few days, it is completely normal to experience slight vaginal bleeding.
For most women, the full healing process takes about six weeks. At that time, there will be no visible signs of surgery and no one will be able to tell the difference between a natural hymen and your reconstructed one.
During the recovery period, you will need to adhere to the following guidelines:
No sex. You will need to abstain from sexual activity for a full six weeks to ensure a proper healing process.
No tight underwear. Thongs and other forms of tight underwear should be avoided for at least two weeks.
No tampons. You will need to use menstrual pads instead of tampons for six weeks.
Dr. Reinblatt performs hymen repair surgeries with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. Contact our office today to make an appointment and begin planning for your procedure.Schedule
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