About Hymen Repair and Reconstruction
Virginity used to be the greatest determining factor of a woman’s worth as a new bride. If her sexual history was suspect, the family of the bride could present the sheets from the wedding night to prove their daughter’s innocence, as breaking the hymen typically causes bleeding after intercourse. While today’s women may espouse and assimilate with contemporaneous ideals of female independence and strength, many still value their cultural traditions; there are still many reasons why a woman may prefer an intact hymen for her wedding night, or to restore her hymen for personal reasons.
In the course of the consultation, Dr. Placik discusses the unique considerations of the individual with attention to their specific personal and, perhaps, cultural expectations. Different techniques may be applied depending on the desired outcome and timing. During a standard procedure, Dr. Placik first treats the fragments of the hymen to remove the top layer of tissue through a process called denuding, which allows the membrane edges to heal together after surgery. Next, Dr. Placik gathers together the remnants of the hymen and reattaches them using dissolvable stitches. However, there are a variety of alternative surgical approaches.
Dr. Placik most often performs hymenoplasty as an outpatient procedure, so neither general anesthesia nor a hospital stay is required. Instead, Dr. Placik uses a local anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the surgery, or can offer oral sedation if you prefer. The entire surgery takes just an hour or two.
The actual restoration of the hymen takes place during your recovery, as the body’s natural healing process heals and regrows the reconstructed membrane when a standard procedure is performed. Most patients can resume normal daily activities almost immediately. More vigorous exercise, tampon use and sexual activity should all be abstained during the recommended period. Women can expect sexual intercourse after hymenoplasty to rupture their repaired hymen, often accompanied by some discomfort and spotting or bleeding.