What is a Hymenoplasty?
A hymenoplasty is a procedure that is done to reconstruct the hymen inside the vagina. The hymen is a small piece of tissue that partially covers the vaginal opening on the inside. While the hymen is thought of as a way to ensure a woman is “pure” on her wedding night, it is important to note that a hymen can be broken in other ways, including using tampons, horseback or even riding a bike to name a few. The hymenoplasty is a procedure that can repair and recreate this membrane.
Reasons Why Women Want Hymenoplasty
There are many reasons that a woman may want to get a hymenoplasty procedure. Some cultures believe that women should have their hymen intact when they are married. Another reason that a woman may seek out the procedure can be due to rape or sexual assault; it can help a woman deal with the grief and stress that accompanies their assault. Others may seek out the procedure for religious or personal reasons.
How is a Hymenoplasty Procedure Done?
A hymenoplasty procedure is typically done in the doctor’s office and is an outpatient procedure, and typically takes about one or two hours. The doctor will gently take any torn skin from around the hymen area, and stitch it back together, leaving only a small hole. This creates a new, repaired hymen. When the procedure is finished, there will be no way to tell if the hymen is the original hymen that the woman was born with, or if it has been reconstructed.
If there is not enough skin around the hymen area to recreate the hymen, the doctor will have the option to take some tissue or skin from the surrounding vaginal area, and use that to create a new hymen. Afterward, the new blood supply can be configured in the tissue. This allows for bleeding during intercourse, after the hymen is broken.
Is Anesthesia Needed for a Hymenoplasty?
Most hymenoplasty procedures are done in the office using local anesthesia. This numbs the area but allows the patient to remain alert during the procedure. In cases of extreme anxiety, the doctor may recommend complete sedation using general anesthesia, but since this can increase risks, as well as make it more time consuming, local anesthesia is preferred.
What to Expect During Recovery
The hymenoplasty surgery recovery time is relatively short; many women find they are able to return to work and their daily activities in only one or two days following the procedure. Total recovery time is six weeks, during which time abstaining from sex and very strenuous activity is important. During the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours, you may notice some bleeding, but this is normal and should be expected.
Risks of Hymenoplasty
A hymenoplasty is considered a very safe procedure, with a low risk of side effects and complications. Aside from reactions to anesthesia, the main complication that the doctor may run into is bleeding.
Complications following surgery may include infection or extended or heavy bleeding. If this occurs, it is important to follow up with the doctor right away.
Why Choose Doctor Ghozland?
Dr. Ghozland has over ten years worth of experience in the field of gynecology and vaginal reconstruction and has even pioneered several treatments that have become popular in the Orange County area. Knowledgeable, kind, and well-educated, Dr. Ghozland uses the latest and best technology to ensure his patients are happy with their results.
Steps to Book a Hymenoplasty
If you feel confident that a hymenoplasty procedure is right for you, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today. You will be able to set up a consultation to learn more about the procedure and get started on your journey to reclaiming your body.