Hymenoplasty is a safe and painless surgical procedure with negligible risks. Most of the women opt for this procedure to repair their torn hymen and reclaim their virginity back.

Does Hymenoplasty Guarantee Bleeding?

June 15, 2020 by Dr. Sandeep Bhasin
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Overview

Hymenoplasty is a safe and painless surgical procedure with negligible risks. Most women opt for this procedure to repair their torn hymen and reclaim their virginity back. Still, women have this doubt whether hymenoplasty (hymen repair) assures bleeding, especially during the first intercourse after the surgery. As we all know that hymen is a token of virginity, will it again tear?

The length of the operation, each person’s recovery phase, and other circumstances are among the variables that affect bleeding after hymenoplasty. While some women may experience bleeding after the procedure, others may not. It’s also crucial to understand that bleeding does not always signify virginity or sexual activity. It is always recommended to have open and honest communication with your partner regarding sexual history and expectations. But before discussing whether hymenoplasty guarantees bleeding, let us understand the importance of an intact hymen and the causes of hymen tearing in detail.

Importance of Hymen

The hymen is made up of a ring-like thin layer of pinkish tissue located at the entrance of the vagina. It partially covers the vaginal opening from the urethral opening for the exit of menstrual blood. The function of the hymen is proposed to be the vaginal barrier against external infections till puberty. Hymen can be torn at any time during a woman’s life. Bleeding occurs at the time of hymen tearing. At times, the hymen does not tear during intercourse as they are elastic in nature. But in many women, it tears at the 5, 6, or 7 o’clock position after inserting a tampon or during first intercourse. In case of natural deficiencies, tearing takes place at 3 or 9 o’clock position.

Sex is not the only cause of hymen break. Other causes of hymen damage include accidental falls, dancing, improper weightlifting, bike-riding, horse riding, cycling, rigorous physical exercises, and sports activities. Even a simple gynecological examination or masturbation can break the hymen. Placing a tampon into the vagina may also break it.

Why Do Not You Reclaim Your Virginity via Hymenoplasty?

If an Intact Hymen is a Token of Virginity, Nowadays, women marry only in their 30s after getting established in their careers, and the concept of being a virgin until marriage is on the way out. Even in this modern age, many men want their wives to be virgins. They think that a proper intact hymen is a prerequisite to beginning a happy married life. There are men who want their partners to undergo a virginity test, which intends to test the presence of an intact hymen. In such cases, the torn hymen can always raise an issue as people always connect it with sex and not with other causes.

Role of Hymenoplasty in reclaiming virginity

This is where hymenoplasty helps to restore the original appearance of the hymen by tightening the outer edge of the vagina and reconstructing the hymen tissue. With this medical development, women have got a chance to reclaim their virginity, which was not the case decades ago.

Women undergo this surgery for religious, cultural, or ethnic reasons. Women following sexual violence, involuntary hymenal injuries, medical interventions, and those who want to surprise their better half, especially on their first nights, opt to restore the native hymen. But experts say that the prevailing conservative male mindset is the major reason why women undergo hymenoplasty surgery.

By undergoing this surgery, women could regain the title of being virgins with a sense of personal ownership. Hence, most of the girls undergo hymenoplasty at the time of their wedding. There has been a stable increase of 20-30 percent of women going under a knife every year over the past 3-4 years. Mostly, women in the age group of 20-30 undergo this surgery, since hymen repair is not advised for patients under the age of 18.

Will Hymen Repair Cause Bleeding?

Hymenoplasty is performed as a day-care surgical procedure to reconstruct the torn hymen which is broken during a romantic union.

There are 2 types of hymen repair surgeries using laser technique, radio surgical technique, or scalpel technique:

  • Creation of a membrane without blood supply – It creates a barrier to penile penetration. It does not cause bleeding after intercourse. You can undergo this surgery one month before the wedding.
  • Creation of a new hymen with blood supply by taking a flap of the vaginal lining – You can undergo this surgery 2-3 months before the wedding. It causes bleeding during intercourse.

There are no visible signs of scars post-surgery. The hymen is sutured in two layers using dissolvable stitches. Since the torn edges are stitched, none can make out if the hymen has been reconstructed. Sutures will be seen visually for the initial few weeks till it gets absorbed. Once the suture gets fully dissolved, you will see an intact hymen ​that resembles the natural one.

Have You Regained Your Virginity After the ​Hymen Reconstruction Procedure Like Before?

Hymen reconstruction is a temporary surgical procedure. ​The reconstructed hymen may again rupture during sexual intercourse. As a natural process, your hymen will get torn. You will then experience bleeding like a virgin hymen (which is the primary sign of the loss of virginity).

But you should remember one point. The absence of a hymen and bleeding is not ​a​ sign of past intercourse (virginity loss). In a few​ cases, only 1 in 1000 women are born without ​the ​hymen. Research studies have shown that the hymen was reported to be intact in 5​2 percent​ of cases with prior intercourse. Similarly, 40​ percent​ ​of ​women did not bleed at first intercourse. Hence the procedure of hymenoplasty never ever guarantee bleeding on subsequent intercourse.

The complete recovery occurs between 6-8 weeks and no restrictions are required thereafter. Hence, it is better to avoid sexual intercourse for around 6-8 weeks after the surgery.

As per the recent research published in 2018, patients should be well-educated about the reasonable expectations that bleeding may not occur during first coitus in over 50 percent of women with unruptured hymen and that hymenoplasty cannot guarantee to bleed [1]. Anyway, the success rate of the hymenoplasty procedure depends on the age of the patient, type of the surgery performed, and the experience of the surgeon.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while hymenoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure, it does not guarantee bleeding on the wedding night or at any other time. Bleeding after the procedure depends on several factors, including individual healing processes, and should not be relied upon as an indicator of virginity. Before choosing to have a hymenoplasty, people should have a thorough grasp of the surgery and its limits. So, do not let hymen reconstruction surgery fail in your case. Opt for the safest and Best Hymenoplasty Surgery in Delhi with negligible side effects by contacting our reputed Care Well Medical Centre team.

References:

MilianaVojvodic, Frank Lista, Peter-George Vastis, and Jamil Ahmad. Luminal Reduction Hymenoplasty: A Canadian Experience With Hymen Restoration. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2018, Vol 38(7) 802–806. DOI: 10.1093/asj/sjy023​

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Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon and the owner of Care Well Medical Centre in Delhi. With extensive expertise in cosmetic and plastic surgery, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and transformative results to his patients. Dr. Sandeep Bhasin obtained his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and served as a consultant at Bhaktshreshtha Kamalakarpant Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic & Research Centre. Specializing in various procedures such as face-lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, hair transplant and many others, Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is committed to enhancing his patients' natural beauty and self-confidence.

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