Toronto Hymen Reconstruction
Hymen reconstruction procedure recreates a hymen-like structure and results in mild bleeding upon intercourse, which is sometimes desired for cultural reasons.
Some women are interested in hymenoplasty, reconstruction of the hymen. At the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Dr. Martin Jugenburg has performed many hymen reconstruction procedures. We know that having cosmetic hymen surgery is a very private decision. We maintain a strict non-disclosure policy for your privacy and protection.
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.
Details of Hymenoplasty Operation
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.
After Hymen Reconstruction Surgery
After surgery you will have bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort in the groin area. Swelling and bruising will be most noticeable after the first day and will slowly subside after that over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Following surgery you may have packing left inside which needs to be removed the following day. You should avoid sexual intercourse for 6 weeks to avoid injuring your healing wounds. You should wash/irrigate with plain water three times a day for the next week. Your stitches will be disolvable, so you do not need to have them removed.
Who can benefit from this Hymen Reconstruction?
Hymen restoration recreates the illusion of a hymen. If for cultural reasons this is necessary, you may benefit from this procedure.
What are the risks of this procedure?
Hymen reconstruction is a surgical procedure. Like all surgical procedures, there are general risks. Please read our information page on potential risks. With regards to hymen reconstruction, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account. These include bleeding, infection, and breaking of the stitches which may lead to the opening of your wounds. Restoration of a hymen-like structure does not guarantee significant bleeding upon subsequent intercourse.