Hymenoplasty or hymen restoration surgery (hymen repair) is a safe, painless, and easily available procedure in most clinics/hospitals with negligible risks. Many women opt for this solution to reconstruct their torn hymen and reclaim their virginity back.

Hymenoplasty Surgery Side Effects


Hymenoplasty or hymen restoration surgery (hymen repair) is a safe, painless, and easily available procedure in most clinics/hospitals with negligible risks. Many women opt for this solution to reconstruct their torn hymen and reclaim their virginity back. However, any surgical procedure has got a small risk of infection that includes bleeding at times. Even you might find people having anesthesia-associated complications.

But side effects arising only from hymen repair are too rare. Hymen reconstruction surgery can also be performed after undergoing an abortion.

No complications or difficulties arise! But before knowing about the temporary side effects of hymenoplasty failure, let us go through its procedure in detail.

Who Needs Hymenoplasty Surgery?

The hymen is a thin layer of pinkish tissue located at the entrance of the vagina. Hymen can be torn at any time during a woman’s life. It usually tears at the 5, 6, or 7 o’clock position during first intercourse.

  • 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.
  • Since many women marry only in their 30s after getting established in their careers, the concept of being a virgin till marriage is on the way out. But even in this modern age, many men want their wives to be virgins.

They think that a proper hymen is a prerequisite to beginning a happy married life. Hence, most females undergo hymenoplasty, especially at the time of their wedding. By undergoing this cosmetic surgery, women could regain the title of being virgins with a sense of personal ownership and surprise their better half, especially on their first nights.

Short Summary

The goal of hymen reconstruction surgery is to restore the original appearance of the hymen by tightening the outer edge of the vagina and reconstructing the hymen tissue.

What is Hymenoplasty Procedure?

Surgeons mostly perform hymenoplasty in one hour using the laser technique, radio surgical technique, or scalpel technique.

There are 2 types of hymen Repair surgeries:

  1. 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.
  2. Creation of a new hymen with blood supply by taking a flap of the vaginal lining – It causes bleeding during intercourse. You can undergo this surgery 2-3 months before the wedding.

Steps of Hymen Reconstruction Surgery Procedure

  • Administration of local or general anesthesia
  • Hymen partially excised to eliminate uneven tissue
  • Suturing of the hymen in two layers using dissolvable stitches
  • Small pieces of tissue may be grafted to the vaginal opening for some patients

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.

What are the Side-effects of Hymenoplasty Surgery?

As mentioned already, you may face post-operative hymenoplasty (virginity repair) side effects rarely which may differ in every patient. During the first 2-3 days post-surgery, the patient may face slight bleeding, which is quite normal. But if you face the following list of symptoms, you should contact the physician immediately.

  • Inflammation
  • Intense itching
  • Unusual or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal bleeding/spotting
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Pain during sex
  • Painful menses due to the reduced vaginal opening
  • Difficulty in future intercourse due to narrowed vaginal opening
  • Numbness – At times, it continues for days due to nerve injury during surgery
  • Discoloration – temporary/permanent
  • Discomfort upon sitting/walking where the inner skin tends to rub hard against the vaginal skin
  • Increased bleeding with hematoma – some degree of bleeding is not a cause for worry. However, it will be a problem if the intensity of the bleeding increases.
  • This is when hematoma arises. Untreated hematoma causes severe blood clots which might lead to embolism. If the hematoma is not treated much after the post-surgery, you may have to undergo a separate surgery.
  • Surgical risks of the procedure include wound dehiscence, infection, scarring, distortion of the external vaginal orifice, and creating overly small introit us leading to obstruction of vaginal outflow, dyspareunia, and feelings of guilt [1].
  • Hence, opting for a reliable and experienced surgeon is mandatory to avoid these surgical risks.

The above-listed symptoms are usually temporary. They are brought under control in a few days by consuming the prescribed dose of medications. Bed rest can help in quick natural healing.

Don’t break the rules to avoid the post-operative complications

A complete recovery is possible only after 6-8 weeks post-surgery, you should follow several conditions before and after this day-care procedure to avoid any post-operative complications.

Hymenoplasty Before Surgery Precautions:

Before undergoing a hymenoplasty surgery, you should precautions of the following things. That is like this.

  • Stop consuming blood-thinning medications and birth control pills 10 days before the surgery
  • Stop consuming alcohol three days before the surgery
  • Stop smoking for 4 weeks before and after the surgery

Hymenoplasty After Surgery Care:

After the hymenoplasty surgery, the following things should be taken care of keeping in mind. That is like this.

  • Try to avoid heavy lifting and performing any strenuous activities for at least 1-2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Avoid using tampons for the next 1-2 menstrual cycles to avoid the irritation of incisions.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for around 6-8 weeks after the surgery.
  • Take proper wound care such as gentle irrigation after urination and patting after defecation.
  • You can take bath on the very next day of the surgery but do not use the sauna, hot tubs, and public swimming pools for 4 weeks.
  • Resume exercise after 2-3 weeks
  • Avoid anticoagulant drugs like aspirin for 10 days post-surgery.

Above all, the success rate of the surgery without any complications depends on the age of the patient, type of the surgery performed, and the experience of the surgeon. Especially, hymen repair is not advised for patients under the age of 18.


So, no more delays! Turn your clock back to the beginning by opting for a safe Hymenoplasty with negligible side effects in an hour! Schedule an online consultation or call our reputed Care Well Medical Centre revirginity surgery team in Delhi at (+91) 9667977499, to discuss more in detail.


Miliana Vojvodic, 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 https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/38/7/802/4899076

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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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