The hymen is tissue that formed due to an extension of the first fold in the vagina mucosa around the vaginal opening. It occurs in various shapes, but the most common type is an annular hymen, which surrounds the vaginal opening in a donut shape. The hymen may rupture due to a penetration of an object that is bigger than the existing hole in the hymen (e.g. finger, tampon, or during the first sexual intercourse), but it can also rupture during an intense exercise, cycling or doing the splits.
Thus, the presence of the hymen does not represent virginity. But there are many countries and ethnic groups in the Eastern world that consider the hymen as a symbol of virginity. In sexually conservative cultures, a woman is deemed to have been a virgin only when she bleeds during her first sexual intercourse, and this can put on a considerable amount of pressure on women. The importance that men place on their partners’ virginity has an evolutionary basis, stemming from the anxiety and fear that their partners may be pregnant with another man’s child. Unlike women who aren’t very interested in their partners’ past sexual activities, men consider it highly meaningful for them to be their partners’ first mate. For this reason, hymenoplasty is and will always be in great demand. Hymenoplasty isn’t a way to deceive one’s husband; women aren’t obligated to talk about their past sexual activities and it is a way for women to protect themselves and the harmony at home. The justification behind this surgical measure is clearly sufficient.
The hymen, once torn, will never return to its original state naturally. This characteristic is what makes hymenoplasty very difficult. At Yefine Women’s Clinic, we’ve performed hymenoplasty using diverse methods for many years. Based on our abundant clinical experience and research, we’ve concluded that on many occasions the hymen is not perfectly restored, regardless of the suture thread or the suturing method that is used.
Characteristics of Yefine’s Labioplasty
- A very thin absorbable suture material is used in surgery so that there is no remaining thread causing bumpiness and friction during intercourse and there is no need to manually remove the thread after recovery.
- Schedule your surgery less than 2 weeks before you’re planning to have sexual intercourse with your partner. In other words, you must have intercourse with your partner within 2 weeks after the surgery, and there is 99% probability that you will experience bleeding.
- You can have intercourse immediately after surgery. You should have intercourse as soon as possible after surgery to increase the probability of bleeding.
- You will experience minimal pain after surgery and you do not need to come in for further treatment.
- Women with vaginal looseness must undergo vaginoplasty prior to having hymenoplasty. If this is the case, the patient is advised to schedule her hymenoplasty after 7 weeks of vaginoplasty to ensure full recovery and before the planned date of intercourse with her partner.