Hymenoplasty or Hymen Repair

Why have Hymen Repair?

The hymen is a thick membranous layer of tissue which encircles the vaginal orifice from the urethral orifice backwards and allows the escape of menstrual blood.

While some hymens are so elastic that they do not tear even during intercourse, for most women the hymen is usually torn at 5, 6 or 7 o’clock during first intercourse or after tampon insertion. Natural deficiencies may be present at 3 or 9 o’clock in 40-50% of women.

Even so, in many cultures the hymen is considered a token of virginity and for cultural and religious reasons can be an important factor in a new marriage. In many cases marriages are even annulled if the hymen is torn.

Now that hymen repair is available and relatively safe, many women and families are opting for this solution.


What is involved in Hymen Repair?

Hymen repair is a simple operation which involves excision of the torn edges before stitching them with fine dissolvable sutures. It is often performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, but can also be performed under general anesthetic.

This surgery is not particularly invasive. The hymen actually has a secondary layer that will be sown up to cover the torn skin. As it grafts together once more, the hymen will appear intact. Or if for any reason this is not possible then a new hymen can be created from the lip of the vagina.


Are there any risks associated with Hymen Repair?

Hymenoplasty is a relatively safe procedure that tends to carry few risks and side effects. However any operation carries a small risk of infection and prolonged bleeding, as well as those associated with anaesthetic.

Any complication from hymen repair is very rare. Occasionally there is a resulting problem of ‘stricture’ or hymen over-correction. This is where the opening becomes narrowed, meaning that the next act of intercourse will be difficult. However this only very rarely causes problems in the long-term.


Why choose The Gynae Centre for Hymen Repair?

At The Gynae Centre, our standards of care and safety are first class. All our patients have access to the same state of the art surroundings and leading-edge methods.

Our Consultant and Director Dr Eskander is a recognised leader in the field of gynaecology and has been conducting hymen repair for many years. Having worked in a leading role in a teaching hospital in Bahrain for a long time, Dr Eskander has particular sensitivity around some of the cultural and religious issues that this procedure can involve. He operates with the strictest ethics so you can trust that you or your loved one is in the safest of hands.

Dr Eskander has been an expert on this most sensitive area of the body and its functions for decades. Should you decide hymen repair is necessary, rest assured that at The Gynae Centre, care is second to none.