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For ethnic, cultural, religious, as well as personal reasons, many women resort to cosmetic surgery to restore their so-called “virginity”.  Hymenoplasty is the procedure that addresses this problem. But Dr. Alonzo points out that this surgical procedure can restore the anatomy of a woman’s hymen restore it to its original physical state, but it doesn’t make one a virgin again. “Hymenoplasty is designed primarily to improve one’s boring sex life, or if you are a woman who is about to get married, you can have this done as a surprise or gift to your future husband for your wedding night.”  

What is a hymen?
The hymen is a ring-like skin membrane that sits in the lower third of the vagina. It marks the spot that vulvovaginal bulbs fuse with the ducts from above and then hollow out to form the vagina. Most often there is a 5 or 6 pointed star opening in the hymen after maturity. With the first intercourse or by some accident, several areas tear in the hymen. Most often there is bleeding at the time of the tearing. But it can also be ruptured by non-sexual activity like sports and athletics and dancing.  

The Hymenoplasty surgery

Prior to your surgery, the doctor will evaluate your physical and health condition. He will also ask discuss the procedure, and give you instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, among others. If you are a smoker, he will advise you to stop a day or days before the surgery, as smoking can impede proper blood circulation and slow down healing process.
Hymenoplasty is performed under local anesthetic with or without sedation, as an outpatient procedure. Length of the procedure lasts about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Dr. Alonzo will use dissolvable stitches to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening of the vagina. The edges are stitched back together to reform the star-shaped “ring” as it was prior to first sexual contact, accident etc. Tissue dissection will be applied to prevent small blood vessels from bleeding. The opening is made small enough so that when the first sexual intercourse occur later on, it will “tear” again, then there will be some pain and bleeding like it was during your “first” time…

Post Hym Surgery Recovery:

You can go home immediately after Hymenoplasty surgery. Resumption of normal activity is immediate. Expect soreness and swelling in the operated areas but it will subside gradually within the next few weeks. Medications for 7 days will be prescribed to you. Recovery time usually takes about 6 weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise and activities, specially sex, for a few weeks until the operated area has fully healed. Subsequent sex will tear the membrane causing extreme pain and possibly blood loss. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for speedy and healthy recovery.