Why women are opting to get their virginity restored through hymenoplasty

accreditation
Would you have a hymenoplasty to restore your virginity?
Would you have a hymenoplasty to restore your virginity?

Hymenoplasty. It’s a thing. And it’ll set you back by around R1 500 to R2 000. Here's the low-down on the surgery, what exactly it entails and the two main reasons women are opting to put their bits under the knife…

Read more: ‘I had sex for the first time on my wedding night – this is what happened

What Is hymenoplasty?

Hymeoplasty is essentially medical repair of the hymen.

“The hymen has a secondary layer that is sown up to cover the torn skin,” says obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Kim Sonntag.

As it grafts together once more, the hymen will appear intact. The procedure will take about 45 minutes and you’ll need to be put under anaesthetic. The recovery period is quite quick – about a week.

Read more: 6 things you might not understand about vaginas

Why women are doing it

In most cases, it’s for cultural or religious reasons, says Dr Natalia Novikova, a gynaecologist and endoscopic surgeon. In some cultures, having an intact hymen signifies chastity.

But hymenoplasty is also sometimes performed as part of a psychological healing process for women who’ve been raped or sexually abused.

Read more: 10 women share their favourite masturbation techniques

What you need to know

“Hymenoplasty is a relatively safe procedure that tends to carry few risks and side effects,” says Dr Novikova. As with any operation, there’s a small risk of infection and prolonged bleeding, as well as risks associated with anaesthetic. But complications from hymen repair are very rare.

Occasionally there can be over-correction, where the opening of the vagina becomes narrowed, making your next sexual encounter difficult. But this rarely causes problems in the long term.

“This procedure should only be done by a specialist with the correct experience and knowledge of the procedure,” says Dr Sonntag. “It’s still a fairly new procedure in South Africa and not offered widely. And remember: A woman’s hymen can still tear with the insertion of a tampon or during vigorous exercise.”

 

This article was originally published on  www.womenshealthsa.co.za

Image credit: iStock  

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
6% - 327 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
82% - 4174 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
12% - 602 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
18.09
-0.8%
Rand - Pound
20.21
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.74
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.59
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.1%
Gold
1,660.90
0.0%
Silver
19.03
0.0%
Palladium
2,166.50
0.0%
Platinum
864.50
0.0%
Brent-ruolie
85.14
-2.4%
Top 40
57,390
+0.8%
All Share
63,726
+0.7%
Resource 10
60,230
+0.7%
Industrial 25
77,400
+0.8%
Financial 15
13,796
+0.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE