While the hymen most often breaks the first time a woman has intercourse, some women are born without a hymen altogether. Dr. Date performs hymen reconstruction, also called hymenoplasty, using a flap of vaginal lining to reconstruct a broken or nonexistent hymen. Although bleeding is not guaranteed, there is a good possibility that there will be a small stain when the patient has intercourse the next time. Women usually consider this procedure because of cultural, ethnic, or religious beliefs or when hymen tear is following some accidents during engaging in sports or strenuous physical activity. Some may also consider it as a gift to their partners on a special occasion
The decision to undergo this procedure is a very personal one. The procedure can provide comfort and confidence without sacrificing sexual ability or sensitivity.
Hymenoplasty is a cosmetic fix for women who may wish to repair or reconstruct their hymen. Their reasons for seeking this procedure are varied and may be physical or psychological. Some include:
- Accidental rupture or tearing: For some women, penetration of the hymen via bicycle, sports or tampon insertion is simply not acceptable and they opt for hymenoplasty to restore what was damaged unintentionally.
- Cultural beliefs: Because the presence of an intact hymen is still important in many cultures, a woman may want to provide this indication of purity to her spouse for their upcoming nuptials.Cultural beliefs: Because the presence of an intact hymen is still important in many cultures, a woman may want to provide this indication of purity to her spouse for their upcoming nuptials.