The hymen is a thin membrane that partially closes the opening to the vagina. It is often
thought to be a mark of a woman’s virginity. However, the anatomy of the hymen, from shape to
thickness, vary per woman. There are women with torn hymens who’ve never had sexual contact.
Conversely, there are women with intact hymens even after sexual contact. Injuries, accidents
and other non-sexual activities can also rupture the hymen.
Despite these, many women require their torn hymens to be reconstructed for mainly cultural, social and religious reasons. This procedure, known as a hymenoplasty is a day procedure that typically takes just 30 minutes to complete.
How Is Hymenoplasty Done?
A hymenoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia in the clinic. During the procedure, the remnants of the hymen are visualized, and its edges are trimmed and the ends stitched together with dissolvable sutures, all under loupe magnification. A small opening will be left at the top for menstruation flow to continue.
Following the procedure, patients are given oral antibiotics, painkillers and anti-swelling
medication to prevent infections and general discomfort. They are also advised against wearing
tight clothing or thongs for 3-4 weeks after hymenoplasty. Strenuous activities like running or
cycling should likewise be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
Risks of hymenoplasty includes bleeding, infection and scarring; though these are rare in the hands of an experienced surgeon.