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About Hymen Reconstruction
The hymen is a thin layer of tissue that encloses the vaginal area. In many cases, the hymen can easily break, whether during intercourse, vigorous activities such as horseback riding or gymnastics, the insertion of tampons, or even during regular pap smears. Many women may not even be aware that their hymen has ripped as there may be little to no blood loss and no pain. Some women, although rare, are born without a hymen. In many cultures and religions the hymen is considered the basis of a woman’s virginity.
Hymenoplasty is a simple procedure that will repair a torn hymen or build a hymen that is not present. It is important to understand that the surgery will not restore virginity, but it will allow for women to tear and bleed like they did when they first lost their virginity. The Plastic Surgery Clinic now performs this surgery to assist women who need to ensure the illusion of virginity.
Hymen repair is performed by Dr. Martin Jugenburg at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. Dr. Jugenburg has performed many hymen repairs and understands the sensitive nature and importance of the surgery. The Plastic Surgery Clinic is a fully equipped surgical facility with the most modern medical equipment available. The clinic is located in the City of Mississauga.
The Best Candidate for Hymenoplasty
The best candidates for hymenoplasty are those who need to ensure that their hymen is intact upon first intercourse during their matrimonial night. The surgery needs to be performed at least 6 weeks prior to the matrimonial night. If the breaking of your hymen is imperative for you due to social, cultural, religious or personal reasons, Dr. Jugenburg will discuss the surgery openly and honestly with you.
The Office Visit
Many women find discussing the nature of this surgery to be difficult. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic we are aware of the sensitive nature of your concerns. The patient is treated with kindness, consideration and dignity.
Dr. Jugenburg will carefully discuss your concerns with you. We are able to ensure that a nurse also be present for you during your consultation if you wish one to be there. You will be given full instructions on how to prepare for your hymenoplasty surgery, and will require a gynecological examination.
Hymenoplasty surgery can repair a torn hymen or build a hymen if it was never present. The surgery can make you feel more comfortable upon your wedding night and improve your self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.
You will be placed under local sedation. The surgery normally takes less than one hour. In women who have a torn hymen, Dr. Jugenburg will stitch together the remaining pieces. This will allow the hymen to grow back together as it heals. In women who have no remnants remaining or have been born without a hymen, Dr. Jugenburg will tighten the vaginal entrance and use a small portion of the vaginal tissue to create a new hymen. This constructed hymen is very similar to the natural hymen.
Following your surgery we will ask you to gently wash the area with soap and water regularly. Although we give all patients a prescription for pain relief medications, there is very little pain with this operation.
There will be slight swelling and bruising for
2-4 weeks. Some pain will exist for approximately one week following the surgery. A prescription for pain medication and antibiotics will be given to you prior to your surgery to assist with the pain and to prevent any infection.
You should refrain from any vaginal insertion until the wedding night; this includes tampons. This will allow the incisions to heal completely and prevent the new hymen from breaking. You should also avoid heavy lifting and any strenuous activities as this may negatively affect your healing. The sutures will dissolve and come out on their own.
You should be able to return to work the day after surgery, and resume a light exercise routine one week after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting or a strenuous exercise routine for 4-6 weeks.
Following the 6 weeks required to heal, your hymen will be restored. Upon first intercourse following the surgery, most patients experience the same sensation they did when their hymen was first broken. There are usually no signs of having had a hymen repair surgery, and there are no worries about not fulfilling the cultural or religious expectations of your family and future husband. It is important to understand that upon the ripping of the surgically produced hymen the amount of bleeding is unpredictable as it is with a natural hymen in a virgin.
Risks and Compications
Every operation has risks and potential complications. Fortunately the vast majority of patients who undergo hymenoplasty have no problems with their surgery and are extremely happy with their results.
Risks are rare but when they do occur additional medications or even surgery may be required. Such risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, pain with intercourse, and deformity. Also, the amount of bleeding upon first intercourse following surgery cannot be predicted. Most patients however never experience these risks as they are quite rare.