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If you have already experienced intercourse, a hymenoplasty is a procedure through a doctor could effectively “reconstruct” your hymen, making your vagina tighter and more “virginal.” If this sounds like a procedure you would like to undergo, a Wilton hymenoplasty surgeon could help you explore your options and see what may be available. Call today and set up an appointment with an experienced gynecologist.

The Hymen

The hymen is a thin piece of tissue covering the vagina’s opening. It does not cover the entire opening, as there is enough of an opening for menstrual blood to flow out. In some women, this tissue is quite thin, while in others it is relatively thick.

While most people think of the hymen breaking during the first sexual experience, for many women that is not the case. Their hymens may have already broken because of athletic activities such as bicycling or horseback riding or more mundane ones like tampon insertion. In fact, many women are born with little or no hymen. Regardless, the lack of a hymen does not necessarily mean a woman is not a virgin.

Hymenoplasty Procedure

Also known as hymen reconstructive surgery, a hymenoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. The actual operation depends on whether or not there is sufficient skin around the hymen for restoration. If there is enough skin, the surgeon snips away the torn tissue and stitches the remaining tissue together.

With this surgery, the hymen and vaginal ring will appear the way they did in their original state. If there is not enough skin for restoration, the surgeon may create a new hymen out of vaginal skin or uses the synthetic tissue.

To reproduce the blood that may appear after the initial sexual penetration, the Wilton hymenoplasty surgeon takes a small blood sample from the vaginal flap. Artificial blood is another alternative.

Hymenoplasty Recovery

There is no significant downtime after a hymenoplasty. Generally, a recipient of this surgery can go back to work the following day, as long as her job does not include a lot of physical activity. She should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least three days post-surgery. Some bleeding and swelling may occur, but that is normal.

Complications are rare, but a patient should contact her surgeon if she experiences a discharge or bad odor emanating from the vagina, or if she has serious pain beyond the minor discomfort expected for the first few days after the operation. The same holds true if the area itches uncontrollably, or if there is heavy bleeding. If a woman feels dizzy, that is not normal and she should call her surgeon.

Women should wait at least six weeks after a hymenoplasty before engaging in sexual intercourse. By that time, healing is complete, and her hymen should look exactly the same as a natural hymen.

How a Wilton Hymenoplasty Surgeon Could Help

If you would like to know more about hymenoplasty, call today to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Edward Jacobson. From his home office in Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Jacobson could make sure you understand every aspect of the procedure and answer all your questions. Call and learn about how a Wilton hymenoplasty surgeon could help you.