A woman’s hymen can tear due to playing a port, vigorous exercise or when inserting a tampon other than through sexual intercourse. The fact that a woman does not bleed during first sexual intercourse does not mean that she had sex prior. Some women are born without a hymen. Women born without a hymen can still benefit from hymenoplasty as it is a safe procedure that takes about thirty minutes.
The aim of this surgical procedure is to cause bleeding during post-nuptial intercourse, which in some cultures is considered proof of virginity. The procedure is not invasive as the hymen is located one to two centimeters inside the vagina and not deep inside the vagina.
The term may cover at least three significantly different types of procedure:
- Suturing of a tear in the hymen to facilitate healing.
- A purely cosmetic procedure in which a membrane without blood supply is created, sometimes including a gelatine capsule of an artificial bloodlike substance. This operation is intended to be performed within a few days before an intended marriage.
- Use of a flap of the vaginal lining, complete with its blood supply, to create a new hymen. Patients are advised to refrain from penetrative sex for up to three months following this procedure.
- Patient can go back to work after the *first two days from the hymenoplasty procedure.
- Until the healing is complete (about 6 weeks), you may need to avoid sexual intercourse, douching and the use of tampons for a safe recovery period with excellent results.