The hymen repair (hymenoplasty) procedure involves the reconstruction of the hymen. Women undergo this procedure for various reasons including cultural, religious, or social reasons. The hymen can be broken through sexual intercourse, however it can also be unintentionally broken through simple daily activities including bike riding, trauma or strenuous activities including sports. Hymen restoration is effective for women who have not been pregnant, women who have previously given birth through vaginal delivery are not suitable for this procedure.
The procedure for hymen restoration requires incisions inside the vagina that bring the hymeneal ring membranes closer together. The membranes a sutured to hold the tissue in place. In some instances the surgeon will be required to reconstruct tissue from the vaginal walls so that there is a barrier of skin with a blood supply that will effectively be a “new” hymen.
The hymen restoration procedure is performed as day surgery, patients are generally able to return home following the procedure. The patient will experience pain following the procedure which can be managed with pain medication. The patient will not be able to resume daily activities for a minimum duration of a week and cannot engage in sexual intercourse for up to forty-five days. Once a hymenoplasty has been completed and healed, the act of sexual intercourse can result in bleeding when the hymen is torn or stretched.