A hymen is a pink colored, thin membrane that blocks the entrance to vagina partially. It is situated around ½ an inch inside the vaginal entrance.
What is hymen repair surgery?
Hymen repair surgery, also referred to as hymenoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery in which the torn or ruptured hymen of a female is reconstructed to make it appear natural, thereby, restoring virginity.
During this surgery, the remains of the torn hymen are stitched together utilizing dissolvable, fine sutures.
Is the hymen repair surgery painful?
The surgery is completely painless as it is performed under local anesthesia. You can also choose to sleep by taking a sedative during the surgery if you have apprehensions regarding the procedure.
Once the effect of anesthesia wears off you may feel slight discomfort during the initial week following the surgery. You will be given over the counter painkillers to relieve this discomfort.
Recovery from hymen repair surgery
Since hymen repair surgery is an uncomplicated surgery, which takes around half an hour the recovery is quick. You can go home shortly post surgery. You may have some spotting during the initial 48-72 hours. Complete healing occurs within four to six weeks. It is crucial to protect your hymen post surgery as it takes some time to heal. Certain recovery protocols of hymenoplasty are as follows:
- Avoid sexual activity: You have to avoid sexual activity of any kind for at least six weeks post surgery as it may worsen any soreness and pain.
- Avoid wearing tight underwear: Avoid wearing tight underwear such as thongs for at least one to two weeks post-surgery.
- Avoid using tampons: Instead, use sanitary napkins for a period of six weeks.
What are the complications of hymen repair surgery?
The risks of hymen repair surgery are the usual risks that are involved with all types of cosmetic surgeries. These risks are an infection, swelling and bleeding; however, they occur rarely.
When can you resume normal activities following hymen repair surgery?
You should not do any strenuous activity for at least two to three weeks post hymen repair surgery and avoid having sexual intercourse for at least six weeks post your surgery.
Is there any scarring from the surgery?
No, there is no scarring from the surgery as this is a fine cosmetic surgery. Once you obtain full recovery, your hymen will appear intact without any scar.