At a Glance
In many cultures, the hymen is considered a woman’s symbol of virginity implying chastity treasured for her wedding night. It is true that hymen is commonly known to tear during sexual intercourse, however, the thin tissue can also tear during sporty activities such as horse riding and gymnastics and even the use of tampons.
The hymen is a membrane located across the lower part of the vagina, partially covering the external vaginal opening, and come in different shapes.
Although not discussed much, hymen repair is amongst the more popular surgical procedures on demand opted by women whether it be for cultural or religious reasons. The procedure involves restoration of the hymen to its original form.
At Centre for Surgery, hymenoplasty is performed by Antonios Mitsakos.
Benefits of Hymenoplasty
- Beneficial for women who may have experienced vaginal damage due to sexual intercourse or strenuous physical activities
- Safe and non-invasive procedure
- Absorbent stitched used to reduce scarring
- Able to imitate the original shape of the hymen
Possible Side Effects
- It is not always possible to completely restore the hymen
- Dissolvable sutures may lead to bleeding and blood clot and the surgeon must be informed urgently
- May experience abnormal vaginal discharge and may have to take antibiotics
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a hymenoplasty.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Hymenoplasty is ideal for those who may have torn their hymen either during sexual intercourse or physical sports activities, and wish to restore their hymen, generally for cultural or religious reasons.
The procedure is suitable for women who have not experienced a vaginal birth and preferably have not experienced pregnancy yet.
Hymenoplasty is performed meticulously with the patient under local anaesthesia for maximum patient safety. Once the area to be treated is numb, the remaining tissue of the hymen is removed. The edges are then brought together and stitched up forming a small ring that imitates the original hymen.
The procedure can take up to an hour for completion. The newly formed hymen will resemble the original and will also bleed if torn once again.
Hymenoplasty is performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home after the procedure.
Recovery can take from one to two days but it may take up to two weeks for the hymen to fully heal. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for 3 to 4 weeks.
The procedure cannot restore the torn hymen but will help reconstruct a new one to imitate the original. The newly formed hymen will closely resemble the original one and may bleed if torn once again.
Am I a good candidate for hymenoplasty?Schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for hymen repair.
Where is my hymen located?The hymen is a membrane located across the lower part of the vagina, partially covering the external vaginal opening.
How do hymen tear?Hymen is most commonly known to tear during sexual intercourse. However, it is also know to tear if you participate in active sports such as cycling, gymnastics, etc.
Can the procedure restore my hymen?The hymen once torn cannot be restored, however, it can be reconstructed.
How is the hymenoplasty procedure performed?
- The torn tissues are removed
- A star-shaped hymenal ring is created to imitate the original shape of the hymen
- The newly shaped hymen is then stitched up together
How do I prepare for my surgery?Avoid smoking and eat healthily and maintain a programme of physical exercise.
How long does the procedure take?Hymenoplasty can take up to an hour for completion.
What is the recovery period going to be like?It takes around 2 weeks to recover completely following your surgery, but abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 3 months to allow the hymen to fully heal. You may feel intense pain if not fully recovered.
What results can I expect from the procedure?It takes around 2 weeks to recover completely following your surgery, but abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 3 months to allow the hymen to fully heal. You may feel intense pain if not fully recovered.
What are the complications associated with the procedure?There are very few complications involved with hymenoplasty and can be avoided with safe methods. You may experience loss of sensation around the treated area, infection or bleeding but very rare.
Are there any limitations on the results I can achieve?Hymen is a thin tissue, which may make it very difficult to be restored completely to its original size. However, your hymen will still be re-tightened and rejuvenated.
Is the procedure going to be painful?The hymen repair procedure results in minimal discomfort with very little pain.
Will I be left with scars?There will be internal sutures which could possibly leave some minor internal scarring.