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Hymenoplasty in a Nutshell
- Invasiveness 30% 30%
- Pain Factor 30% 30%
Local anesthesia, but can be performed under general anesthesia
4 – 6 weeks before resuming sexual intercourse
However, because women in some cultures believe an intact hymen to be a sign of virtue, many of them seek out hymenoplasty to restore the hymen to its original state. Other women have this procedure simply for personal reasons, to enhance their intimate area, sometimes with other procedures such as labiaplasty or vaginal tightening.
Hymenoplasty can be a sensitive subject for many women. Rest assured that the TCC staff respects and strives to protect your privacy, and keeps all details of this—and any procedure you have at our clinic—strictly confidential.
Some women feel that restoring their hymen also restores their virginity, or at least the appearance of it. The hymen can be altered by activities other than sexual intercourse, but some women may feel an intact hymen is necessary prior to marriage, either for cultural, religious, or personal reasons. Some women may also explore the option of hymenoplasty as a “gift” to their partner, even after several years of marriage.
Regardless of the reason, having a hymenoplasty is a very personal choice. Our experienced gynecological surgeon, as well as our clinic staff, will do everything possible to ensure your comfort and peace of mind.
How is Hymenoplasty Performed?
Dr. Dimitrios Giannoulias, MD, FRCS(C), FSOG(C)
During the procedure, Dr. Giannoulias will suture the edges of the hymen tissue together, without completely obscuring the vaginal opening. After suturing, the hymen tissue will grow together as it heals. You may also experience some vaginal tightening as a result of the hymenoplasty.
After the surgery, you will be in the recovery room for up to one hour, where you will monitored by the nurses, and then you'll be able to go home once the doctor has cleared you.
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Hymenoplasty Risks and Recovery
While recovering, sitting in Epsom salt baths two or three times a week will promote faster healing, and will be very soothing. You'll need to avoid swimming, using tampons, and wearing thong underwear for at least a couple of weeks after surgery. You'll also need to abstain from sexual intercourse for at least four weeks after the procedure.
You should be able to return to work the day after surgery, but full recovery can take up to six weeks.
Your first follow-up will be scheduled two to three weeks after the surgery.
Out of Town
If you’re an out of town patient, we’ll do your initial consultation over the phone, and then you may choose a date for your surgery. Once the procedure has been completed, we can perform your follow-up appointments via phone, or e-mail, if you prefer.
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Question & Answer
Can hymenoplasty be performed simultaneously with other procedures?
How old do I need to be to have hymenoplasty?
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to proceed with hymenoplasty at our clinic.
Will anyone be able to tell that I had my hymen repaired?
No. The surgery leaves no scars.
Does hymenoplasty hurt?
Because local anesthesia is used, you will not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort afterward, once the anesthetic has worn off, but it will be mild, and won’t last long.
What are the results of hymen repair surgery?
Once healed, the hymen will be in a state similar to what it was before being stretched. There are usually no signs of having had the surgery.
Are there any hymenoplasty risks?
All surgical procedures come with some degree of risk. However, hymen repair is usually a complication-free surgery. To avoid post-surgical complications, be sure to carefully follow your doctor’s care instructions.
How will sexual intercourse feel after hymenoplasty?
Once you’ve fully recovered and are able to engage in sexual intercourse, it may feel the same as it did the first time you had sex. Some bleeding may occur, and you may feel discomfort.