Once virginity is lost, it can never be replaced - but modern medicine now offers women almost perfect physical modeling of their lost innocence.
Hymenoplasty, surgical reconstruction of the hymen, impaired during the first sexual intercourse of women or, increasingly, during exercise or as a result of the collision or fall of women who have never had sex, prompted an increasing number of young women who want to do this an operation to avoid humiliation, renunciation, and possibly violence, which may be due to the fact that husbands and families discover that their wedding night was not their first sexual experience.
Thanks to new developments and treatments, it is possible to restore health and even prevent the development of various dangerous diseases. In recent years, the demand for such a procedure as the surgery for the reconstruction of the hymen has been growing rapidly. Reviews of gynecologists about this small operation are extremely positive.
The people call hymenoplasty the restoration of virginity. The term "hymenoplasty" is more clear to the medical community, and therefore most women prefer to use this name.
Hymenoplasty is a surgical reconstruction of a woman’s hymen in order to return her back to a virgin state after a break. The hymen is a ring, such as a skin membrane in a girl's vagina, and its rupture means the end of her virginity. Virginity is a valuable possession in several countries of the world. The honor of a girl, her family, and even her community depends on the fact that her hymen remains intact before marriage. And her tear, accompanied by slight bleeding, is proof of her virginity. Otherwise, it is considered unsuitable and sinful. There are several races and communities for which virginity is a valuable possession that can only be lost through marriage and the sexual act afterwards.
Virgin membrane: thin vaginal membrane. Between 7 and 12 weeks of embryo development during pregnancy, the sex of the fetus is determined. In the boy, the genital walls merge and form the scrotum, while the girl forms the labia and minors (the inner and outer labia). The mucous membrane in the hole, which remains in the middle, is a hymen.
There is a wide variation in shape and opening in the hymen, which is also associated with age. The hymen is a membrane placed in the vagina. It consists of fibrous and elastic tissue, and only partially covers the inside of the vagina. In young women, vascularization of the hymen is very good. In menopausal women, this membrane is very thin due to the aging process. The actual function of the hymen is not yet explained. Some scientists believe that it protects girls from infections. Since the closure of the vagina is not complete, menstrual blood can be released without any problems.
In many cultures and religions, the social importance of the hymen is striking. It is assumed that women remain unchanged until marriage. During the first intercourse, the hymen bursts and the woman bleeds. The amount of blood varies greatly, and some women may experience pain. The presence of blood on the sheet confirms that before the marriage the woman did not suffer. In the event that this woman had sexual intercourse before marriage, she would not bleed during the first wedding night. That is why some women undergo the restoration of the hymen. In recent years, this operation has become very popular.
Interesting facts about the hymen
For women who have an active sex life, the remains of the hymen are described as "carunculae myrtiformis".
In 99.9%, the hymen is formed in the embryo: this means that 1 in 1000 women are born without a hymen.
In 44% of women there is no blood loss during the first penetration of the vagina, in our multicultural society there is a growing demand for surgery to restore the hymen.
Studies show that many men from Mediterranean countries attach great importance to the presence of virginity with their future wife.
40% of the girls involved think that this is unfair, that this applies only to the female sex.
25% agree with sex before entering into a stable relationship.
89% want to "bleed" on the night of their wedding because of the honor of their parents or from the fear of punishment or refusal.
50% of women would like their own daughters to respect this tradition.
Types of operations
This operation can be performed several months or years after the women have lost their virginity. A specialized gynecologist performs hymenoplasty.
The goal of hymenoplasty is to restore the hymen. Usually done for moral, cultural, or social reasons.
Hymenoplasty includes minor operations. In general, this can be done in less than an hour, depending on the degree of difficulty. Usually performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, if necessary, and can be carried out as an outpatient or day treatment.
There are several types of hymenoplasty operations, namely.
Restoration of the hymen for a short-term result is done 7-10 days before the marriage. The first surgery to restore the hymen is based on a suture approximation of the remains of the hymen, which breaks through with a penetration force causing some bleeding.
The stitches dissolve after 2-3 weeks, and the remains of the virginal membrane again become separate, as before the operation. For this purpose, use a biodegradable thread that does not need to be removed. Usually, the recovery operation lasts from 20 to 60 minutes. According to reviews of this type of reconstruction operation, a positive result lasts a maximum of a week. The simulated "virginity" immediately disappears as soon as the threads at the seams dissolve.
Simple restoration can be easily performed by closing the entrance to the vagina with remnants of the hymen. This can be done in patients with residues of the hymen. After surgery, a woman may experience stiffness in the vaginal walls. The operation is performed under local anesthesia.
Three-layer hymenoplasty. The method is characterized by the fact that it is a long-term recovery of the hymen. First of all, it differs from the short-term, long-term three-layer hymenoplasty in that it involves multiple loss of “virginity” and the price of this procedure is somewhat higher.
This is quite a complicated operation. During the execution of the hymenoplasty, the natural appearance of the hymen is recreated. This intervention is done before the onset of menstruation, using local or general anesthesia. The stitches are removed in the second week after the operation; it will take about 1 month to heal the hymen. The result of this method lasts up to 3 years, and the bleeding is present even in larger quantities than the loss of the “natural virgin membrane”. After this, a properly restored hymen looks, feels and behaves like a natural hymen (which means its rupture and bleeding during penetration without signs of surgery).
It is a common misconception that the virgin membrane never heals, it heals well with proper hymenoplasty surgery and with proper time and care.
Are there any risks
Hymenoplasty is a relatively safe procedure that tends to carry some risks and side effects. However, any operation carries a small risk of infection and prolonged bleeding, as well as anesthesia-related complications.
Any complication of surgery to restore the hymen is very rare. Sometimes there is a resulting problem of "stricture" or excessive correction of the hymen. It is here that the opening narrows, and this means that the next sexual intercourse will be difficult. However, this very rarely causes problems in the long run.
Who needs surgery
The decision to conduct this procedure is made for various reasons. This desire can be attributed to religious beliefs. In some cases, resorted to surgery for reconstruction, women with medical indications and as a result of the depraved hymen, as well as those who have ever been subjected to violence.
Sometimes women who are already married want to restore the hymen. They want to perform this operation in order to diversify and update sexual relations with a partner.
Hymenoplasty before and after
Before conducting hymenoplasty recommended:
- undergo a comprehensive examination, consult with a doctor and other specialists to identify shortcomings and irregularities in the body;
- make an electrocardiogram and x-ray;
- It is necessary to undergo an in-depth examination by a gynecologist, pass a urinalysis, blood for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis, blood clotting, determine the Rh factor and blood types, also need to pass a smear on the flora.
- do a video colposcopy.
The doctor makes a decision about the possibility of surgery only after studying the results of such an examination. The reconstruction operation is performed fairly quickly, however, in order to obtain the desired effect and prevent any complications, it is important to adhere to the recommendations of the doctor. After surgery, a few days is not recommended:
- take a bath (only shower is allowed);
- avoid close relationships;
- swimming in saunas, baths, open water;
- avoid the formation of gas in the intestines, in the first days you can eat only liquid food.
Contraindications to the procedure
Contraindications to Hymenoplasty:
- cervical disease;
- genital herpes;
- vulvitis (pathology of the external genital organs of inflammatory nature);
- thrush, exacerbation of chronic diseases;
- angina pectoris;
- cancer pathology;
- mental disorders, fever.
Restoration of the hymen is not performed during menstruation (the procedure is available for any other day of the cycle).
Rehabilitation and recovery
The operation is simple and the rehabilitation period does not last a long time to completely eliminate any complications and side effects. The following conditions may occur as side effects: the appearance of small bleeding, bruising, discomfort when walking, numbness in the perineal region.
However, these symptoms are considered to be a completely normal reaction of the body of women. These days it is recommended to avoid bloating and constipation, to avoid the use of spices, fruits, vegetables and black bread.
You also need to get rid of heavy physical exertion for some time, especially after a three-layer reconstruction operation, in order to avoid sudden movements and eat only liquid food.
Health care indicators that do not include data on the religion or marital status of individuals seem to reflect a trend reported by private clinics who see a huge increase in demand for the procedure among Muslim women. Doctors say that patients are under pressure from future husbands or relatives who insist that they be virgins on their wedding night. Critics, including moderate Muslim groups, have condemned this trend as a sign of the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the West.
During the procedure, hymenoplasty, which some consider to be invasive, the hymenoplasty is stitched or reconstructed, so that it will tear again and bleed into the woman's wedding night. In some cases, vaginal tissue can be used to create a false hymen. A blood capsule can then be inserted into the lining to provide realistic bleeding when the membrane is broken.
In many cultures, it is believed that if the bride is not a virgin and does not bleed on the wedding night, it is a great shame for the family. In extreme cases, there were honor killings. A simple operation takes only half an hour. They can do this at lunchtime and should not give their real names and addresses.
Imam Dr. Taj Khargey, chairman of the Muslim Education Center in Oxford, called on the Muslim community to try to change the trend.
He said: “The situation is very common in the Middle East, where there is a huge scandal that could lead to divorce or even honor killings, if there were no bloody bedding left after the wedding night. It’s very disappointing that Muslim women in this country believe that they need to lead a double life by resorting to a ploy. It does not contribute to their psychological or spiritual health, and this is hypocrisy and double standards, because Muslims do, as they like, with women. "
The New York Times newspaper quotes one of the doctors who says it does the procedure two to four times a week. This is 100-200 women per year in one practice. The last protest against this operation broke out in France, where the court annulled a Muslim marriage, because the bride distorted and concealed the loss of virginity by resorting to this operation. According to the Wall Street Journal, doctors who restore virginity are accused of "strengthening the gender bias" and "misleading family members of patients." The chief ethic of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics reports that "some doctors perform hymenoplasty in minors without parental consent, which is required by law."
The objections of faith. Bringing virginity to such great importance that these women tolerate is sexist, hypocritical and completely unrealistic. The pressure exerted by families and communities to coerce him is obscene. Restoration of the hymen does not make a woman a virgin. "Giving so much importance to the hymen is a regression, obedience to the intolerance of the past," protests the head of the French college of gynecologists and obstetricians.
But fetishism makes it easier to experience intolerance. The technical requirement - the intact hymen - offers a technical solution. In many cultures, the hymen is considered a sign of virginity, and cultural and religious reasons can be an important factor in a new marriage. In many cases, marriages are even annulled if the hymen is torn. Now that restoring hymen is an affordable and relatively safe procedure, many women and families prefer this solution.