What is Hymenoplasty?
Hymen reconstruction surgery, also known as hymen surgery, hymenoplasty surgery or hymen restoration, is the surgical repair of the hymen. Using a surgical technique, the torn edges of the hymen are put back together. If done correctly, to the visible eye, there is no apparent scarring and the hymen appears intact. After this type of hymen surgery and without complication, subsequent intercourse will typically tear the membrane causing pain and bleeding.
Hymenoplasty or restoration of ruptured hymen was one secret most Pakistanis knew was practiced clandestinely. They’d whisper the addresses of doctors performing the surgery to harried girls keen to reclaim their virginity weeks before their nuptial night. Call it the irony or hypocrisy of our times, but even as Islamists seek to impose their worldview on a schizophrenic society, hymenoplasty is witnessing a boom.
Doctors now advertise in English newspapers, on the internet and walls of shops on busy street corners. All this is good news for girls who have had premarital sex but for some reason didn’t marry their partners, as it is for those who tore their hymen accidentally. Persuaded or compelled into betrothal, they dread the wedding night. In a society where premarital sex is a religious taboo and family honor is perceived to lie in the daughter-in-law’s intact hymen, many a women have been divorced instantly or paid with their lives for not bleeding on the wedding night.
For these girls, hymenoplasty offers a chance to shroud their past in a recreated hymen. Classified as cosmetic surgery, hymenoplasty was exported here from the UK, where the surgery became popular among Pakistani girls who experimented with sex but found, to their horror, parents marrying them to orthodox boys back home. Re-virgination began in Karachi, came to Islamabad and has become quite a rage in Lahore.Once the person with a mended hymen has sex, she experiences pain and, more significantly, bleeds, hoodwinking those Pakistani men who see in the stained bed sheet proof of their honour.
Why has Hymen Repair?
The hymen is a thick membranous layer of tissue which encircles the vaginal orifice from the urethral orifice backwards and allows the escape of menstrual blood. In many cultures the hymen is considered a token of virginity and for cultural and religious reasons can be an important factor in a new marriage. In many cases marriages are even annulled if the hymen is torn. Now that hymen repair is available and relatively safe, many women and families are opting for this solution.
What is involved in Hymen Repair?
Hymen repair is a simple operation which involves excision of the torn edges before stitching them with fine dissolvable sutures. It is often performed under local an aesthetic with sedation, but can also be performed under general anesthetic.
This surgery is not particularly invasive. The hymen actually has a secondary layer that will be sown up to cover the torn skin. As it grafts together once more, the hymen will appear intact. Or if for any reason this is not possible then a new hymen can be created from the lip of the vagina.
Varieties of the operation:
The term may cover at least three significantly different types of procedure:
►Suturing of a tear in the hymen such as might be caused by sexual assault, soon after the assault, to facilitate healing.
►A purely cosmetic procedure in which a membrane without blood supply is created.
►Use of a flap of the vaginal lining, complete with its blood supply, to create a new hymen. Patients are advised to refrain from penetrative sex for up to three months following this procedure.
The hymenoplasty is usually a 30-45 minute procedure and can be done in an out-patient surgery center or in-office using general or local anesthesia. The doctor uses dissolvable stitches to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening to the vagina. After the hymenoplasty operation, the patient can return to work in a day or two and complete healing takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
Why Some Women Desire Reconstruction of the Hymen, Hymen Repair:
There are several reasons why women request a hymenoplasty procedure. These include:
►Cultural or religious reasons: In some cultures, a woman is physically inspected to make sure the hymen is intact (a sign she is a virgin).
►As part of the rape, incest, sexual abuse healing process: Some women view this as a way to empower themselves and symbolically restore something that was taken from them.
►Injury to the hymen prior to marriage: Tampon use, vigorous exercise or sexual intercourse can cause a hymen to rupture.
►Revirginization: Women who want to give their partner a unique gift.
Whether a hymen was ruptured by sexual intercourse or by physical strain, if you desire hymen repair, then hymenoplasty may be a good option for you.
Are there any risks associated with Hymen Repair?
Hymenoplasty is a relatively safe procedure that tends to carry few risks and side effects. However any operation carries a small risk of infection and prolonged bleeding, as well as those associated with an aesthetic.Any complication from hymen repair is very rare. Occasionally there is a resulting problem of ‘stricture’ or hymen over-correction. This is where the opening becomes narrowed, meaning that the next act of intercourse will be difficult. However this only very rarely causes problems in the long-term.
Why choose The Imranz Medical Center for Hymen Repair?
At The Imranz Medical Center, our standards of care and safety are first class. All our patients have access to the same state of the art surroundings and leading-edge methods.
Our Professionals are recognized leader in the field of hymnoplasty and has been conducting hymen repair for many years. We have particular sensitivity around some of the cultural and religious issues that this procedure can involve. It’s our professional’s duty and responsibility that all personal data pertaining to a patient, shall be treated as strictly confidential. We operate with the strictest ethics so you can trust that you or your loved one is in the safest of hands.