Hymenoplasty, also known as hymen restoration, reconstruction, or repair, is a procedure that repairs a torn or ruptured hymen. There are numerous reasons why women seek hymen repair surgery. Some seek the procedure to satisfy religious and cultural beliefs, while others do so to provide psychological and emotional relief following sexual abuse or trauma, or to repair an injured hymen due to factors other than intercourse.
Commonly asked questions about Hymenoplasty
Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Hymenoplasty here.
1. What is a hymenoplasty?
Hymenoplasty is a simple procedure that will repair a torn hymen or build a hymen where one does not exist. The hymen is a thin membrane of tissue that surrounds the vaginal opening. The hymen can easily break in a variety of non-sexual situations, such as during routine pap smear procedures, horseback riding, gymnastics, or other strenuous activities. Hymenoplasty allows women to restore their hymen for personal, religious, or cultural reasons.
2. Why is a hymenoplasty done?
Some of the reasons a patient may decide to undergo a hymenoplasty include:
- Cultural or religious reasons
In cultures where an intact hymen is synonymous with chastity, a hymenoplasty is a method of proving and restoring a torn hymen and the perception of virginity and purity.
If a woman has suffered psychological harm, such as sexual abuse or rape, some women choose to have hymen surgery to heal both mentally and physically.
When the hymen is torn prior to intercourse by activities such as tampon use or vigorous activity, a hymenoplasty provides a surgical solution.
Women who want to have their hymen surgically reconstructed for their partner or prior to marriage for religious, cultural, or personal reasons may opt for a hymenoplasty.
3. Am I a good candidate for a hymenoplasty?
Patients who are in good physical health and have realistic expectations are good candidates for a hymenoplasty. Naturally, the decision to have a hymenoplasty is deeply rooted in cultural, religious, or personal convictions.
4. How is a hymenoplasty performed?
Hymenoplasty can be done under either local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will inject freezing to numb the area before suturing the hymen and stitching it back together with fine, dissolvable sutures. As the hymen tissue heals, it will grow together, and the hymen will appear intact with no visible scarring. Normally, subsequent sexual intercourse will tear the membrane.
5. How long does a hymenoplasty take to preform?
A hymenoplasty procedure can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes to complete.
6. What is recovery like after a hymenoplasty?
Patients can return to work 1 to 2 days after surgery, but the entire recovery process takes 4 to 6 weeks. Patients must refrain from using tampons, wearing thong underwear, or swimming after the procedure. Patients must also refrain from sexual activity for at least 6 to 8 weeks following the procedure.
7. How long does a hymenoplasty last?
Hymenoplasty is not a permanent procedure. The hymen will remain intact until it is broken again, which will happen naturally when you engage in intercourse for the first time after your procedure. If you do not engage in sexual activity after your procedure, your hymen should remain intact until you do so. Although it is uncommon, your hymen may rupture due to strenuous activity, early vaginal insertion, or other unforeseeable causes.
8. What are the risks of a hymenoplasty?
As with any procedure, a hymenoplasty carries some risks and side effects such as:
- Painful intercourse
9. How much does a hymenoplasty cost in Canada?
The price of a hymenoplasty will vary from patient to patient depending on complexity of the procedure. The cost of a hymenoplasty procedure in Canada is between $1,500 to $5,000.
10. Is a hymenoplasty worth it?
83% of people who have undergone a hymenoplasty have rated the procedure “Worth It.”