In the past, female surgeries were often viewed as being a facelift or breast augmentation surgery. One female surgery that is growing in popularity gives women the chance to gain their virginity again. Up until the 21st century, keeping a woman’s virginity intact before marriage was as important as having a priest around to commemorate and legitimize the occasion itself. Compared to the monarchial or Victorian era, cultures around the globe have become more liberal when it comes to this matter. To many, this has been a very beneficial change. The concept of love and marriage has evolved in such a way that greater importance is placed on being a suitable match with each other rather than if a woman lost her virginity before the wedding night.
Even though Western culture has adapted well with today’s idea of marriage, a small amount of the population still remains very traditional. In some parts of Asia and the Middle East, people are struggling to keep up with the changing times as they still place an almost maniacal obsession on preserving a woman’s virginity until her wedding night. This is where the breakthrough procedure known as a hymen replacement operation helps females.
Like a Virgin with Hymen Replacement Surgery
Hymen replacement is a female only procedure that does exactly what the name says. It replaces the hymen of the female patient. This procedure, costing around $6500-$7000, has recently seen a significant increase in demand and this is especially true of Muslim women as this treatment can be done in as little as 30 minutes.
Hymenorrhaphy, or hymen reconstruction surgery, is the temporary surgical restoration of the hymen. The word hymenorrhaphy was coined from two Greek words, hymen which means “membrane” and raphé which means “suture”.
The hymen is a thick membranous layer of tissue which encircles the inside of the vaginal entrance and allows the escape of menstrual blood. Some hymens are very elastic so they do not tear during intercourse. For most women, the hymen is usually torn at the lower part during the first intercourse experience of a female as well as after tampon insertion or due to some exercises.
Hymen replacement procedures are not generally regarded as part of mainstream gynecology. The primary aim of the procedure is to cause bleeding during post-nuptial intercourse which in some cultures is considered proof of virginity. Hymen repair is often performed under local anesthetic with sedation but it can also be performed under general anesthetic if a patient prefers. This surgery is minimally invasive and can be performed in in one day.
During the procedure, the hymen is stitched or reconstructed so that it will tear and bleed again during sexual intercourse. Sometimes, the vaginal lining itself is used in creating a new hymen. A blood capsule is then inserted into the lining to ensure blood flow when the membrane is broken once again.
Some doctors are very confident in this procedure and claim that, if it is performed well enough, it could even fool a gynecologist. Since the operation is usually performed the night before a hymen examination, it is hard to disagree with these doctors considering there are no reports of an unsatisfied patient or groom. Even though this procedure could never get rid of actual sexual experience, at least anatomically, the patient is just like a virgin.
The Need to Deceive with Hymen Replacement Surgery
The majority of women undergoing hymen replacement surgery do so out of desperation. Society places a lot of pressure of women which isn't always the case for their male counterparts. Fans of this procedure give it high praise and say that it allows women the right to be sexually free and equals with their male counterparts. Critics disagree by comparing the treatment to body mutilation. They believe it to be “ungodly” to modify the body for the purposes of deceiving the groom on a wedding night.
It is important to note that this procedure is usually done out of necessity. Social and family pressures force women to get the operation in the hope of avoiding humiliation and bringing disgrace to their family. Procedures like this one will continue happening until these older standards set for women to live up to are dropped. In times past, women were defenseless against these standards. Thanks to the development of new cosmetic procedures, and the improvement of existing ones, women around the world have found a way to break the chain.
Hymen Replacement Surgery and Tradition Don’t Go Hand-in-Hand
It is disappointing to think that, in some parts of the world, women still feel the need to lead a double life to meet the standards of their family, religion or culture. Is a woman’s virginity so sacred that it’s worth living a lie and being unhappy?
Regardless, many women still find it hard not to be pressured or forced into getting the procedure. It is very difficult to blame them for their actions because, to some, tradition and culture come before everything else. The happiness of the bride sometimes matters little as long as she appears untouched to the groom at the time of her wedding. Whether the bride is a surgical or natural virgin, the groom might never know the answer to that question.