This has to do with not disgracing one’s family on the wedding night. Everything should look as if “nothing had happened previously”.
The hymen is a fine, circular membrane located below the urethral opening at the opening of the vagina.
This membrane tears, typically in a radial pattern, during the first sexual intercourse or as a result of inserting a tampon or another object into the vagina (see image). Since the blood flow in the hymen is very good, this usually involves considerable bleeding.
During hymen reconstruction, the villiform remnants of the hymen are separated by means of a fine laser scalpel and then sutured together to recreate a circular membrane (see image at the bottom).
This procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia or, upon request, under twilight sedation. The sutures are absorbable and will disappear after about 6-7 weeks.
If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about a specific procedure, feel free to email us or arrange for us to call you back or make an appointment for a comprehensive personal consultation at our plastic surgery practice.
Before the surgery
No special preparation is required. As with every surgical procedure, you should refrain from taking any blood-thinning medication at least 14 days before the surgery.
After the surgery
An inpatient stay is not necessary. After the surgery, you can rest in our practice rooms and then drive home or back to the hotel. On the first postoperative day, the wound is checked and the dressing is changed.
Frequently asked questions about hymen reconstruction
How long does the procedure take and how much does it cost?
The procedure takes about 1.5 hours and costs about EUR 2,400.
We will be happy to find the optimum financing option for you together with our partner MEDIPAY.
When can I resume sporting activities?
You should avoid all sporting activities that involve friction in the genital area, e.g. jogging, for at least 6 weeks.
Do any stitches need to be removed?
No, we use absorbable sutures that will disappear after about 6 weeks.
Will I experience any pain?
No, the procedure is usually not painful.
In which phase of the menstrual cycle should the procedure be scheduled?
The phase of the menstrual cycle is irrelevant for the surgery. However, you should refrain from using tampons after the surgery, as the new hymen would otherwise be destroyed again.
When can I start showering again?
You can shower again on the second postoperative day. However, you should only use clear, lukewarm water for about 5 days. Taking a bath is only permitted after two weeks. However, taking a sitz bath with chamomile after 3 days is permitted and even beneficial.