Why have Hymen Repair?
The hymen is a thick membranous layer of tissue which encircles the inside of the vaginal entrance and allows the escape of menstrual blood.
While some hymens are so elastic that they do not tear even during intercourse, we know that for most women the hymen is usually torn at the lower part (5, 6 or 7 O’clock) during first intercourse or after tampon insertion, or it can even tear through exercise such as horse riding or bike riding. Even so, in many cultures the hymen is considered a token of virginity and for cultural and religious reasons can be an important factor in a new marriage. We also are aware that marriages are even annulled if the hymen is torn, and this puts enormous pressure on the modern woman.
Now that hymen repair is available and is also safe and fairly simple, many women are opting for this solution due to the fact that it restores the shape of the hymen.
What is involved in Hymen Repair?
Hymen repair, also known as hymenoplasty, is a simple operation which involves excision of the torn edges before stitching them with fine dissolvable vicryl sutures. It is often performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, but can also be performed under general anesthetic if a patient prefers.
This surgery is not invasive and is a day case procedure. The hymen actually has a secondary layer that will be sown up to cover the torn skin. As it grafts together once more, the hymen will appear intact. Or, if for any reason this is not possible then a new hymen can be created from the lip of the vagina.