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In many cultures, a high value is placed on female virginity at marriage. However, hymen restoration is not limited to members of particular religious or cultural groups.

Some women may feel that the greatest gift they can give to their husband is virginity. Even if they have a prior sexual history, this surgery can show the symbolic importance of marriage and the wedding night. Regardless of your specific rationale, it may be worth speaking to Dr. Edward Jacobson in Greenwich, Connecticut about whether you may prove to be a hymenoplasty candidate.

What is Hymenoplasty?

Also known as surgical revirginization, hymenoplasty recreates the lost hymen, a thin piece of membrane located just within the vagina in women who have not experienced sexual intercourse. It should be noted, however, that hymen loss may occur even in women who have not had sex. Tampon use can break the hymen, as can many athletic activities such as bicycling and horseback riding. Furthermore, some women are born lacking a hymen.

There are two basic forms of hymenoplasty. If some parts of the hymen remain, the doctor can sew it back together with dissolvable stitches. This operation is done under local or general anesthesia, and the entire procedure takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

If no part of the hymen remains, the surgeon could use a material which is easily torn through and implant it at the vaginal opening. In some instances, a tiny portion of the woman’s vaginal tissue is used rather than this biomaterial. This type of operation takes approximately two hours to perform and is done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.

A hymenoplasty can make the vagina appear as if they have never experienced sexual intercourse. When a woman has sexual intercourse initially after a hymenoplasty, there is generally tearing and some bleeding. Just as it is in women with a natural hymen, though, there is no way to guarantee the amount of bleeding—or lack thereof—after a hymenoplasty.

Hymenoplasty Recovery

Expect to take several days off from work after hymenoplasty. Women must wait at least three days before bathing after the procedure. Swelling is likely for a few days after the hymenoplasty, but the application of ice packs or warm compresses can ease the discomfort.

Antibiotics would likely be prescribed for infection prevention, and most women obtain pain relief through the use of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Wait at least ten days before resuming exercise and other strenuous activities.

No sexual intercourse should take place for at least four weeks after the hymenoplasty. The doctor can let each patient know when it is safe for her to have intercourse post-surgery.

Complete healing takes at least six weeks after the operation. For that reason, women who want an intact hymen on their wedding night must schedule their surgery at least six weeks before the marriage date. For more information about the recovery period for Greenwich hymenoplasty candidates, consult with a knowledgeable attorney.

Determining Greenwich Hymenoplasty Candidates

A doctor must examine each woman before determining whether she is a Greenwich hymenoplasty candidate. All candidates must be 18 years of age or older and not suffering from any serious illnesses. Women with active venereal diseases are not candidates for hymenoplasty, nor are those diagnosed with any type of genital cancer.

If you are interested in hymenoplasty and would like more information about the procedure, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s Greenwich office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson and his staff could answer all of your questions and help you decide whether you would like to undergo this procedure, as well as determine what the best type of procedure for your situation would be.