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Like a virgin again

india Updated: May 23, 2011 01:13 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times
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If you’ve lost your virginity, with some Rs 65,000 to shell out and half an hour to spare, you can easily regain it at one of the city clinics.
It may be shocking but a large number of young girls in the Capital are queuing up at cosmetic surgery clinics to “restore their virginity” through hymenoplasty. The procedure involves taking tissues from the vagina to reconstruct the hymen to give a “virgin look” to a woman’s vagina.

A wedding prep?
Doctors say they get as many as 15-20 requests every month before the wedding season for such operations. “What’s made the procedure popular is that it is instant. Girls walk into a clinic, get their hymen repaired and walk out in half an hour flat. It’s painless, performed under local anaesthesia,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Charu Sharma.

Girls opt for the procedure usually a month before their wedding. “Girls who go for the procedure use a fake name and don’t even allow the nurses in the OT,” says Dr Sharma. Manju Kapoor, an employee from Dr Prabhash’s Cosmetic Surgery center in Tagore Garden shares, “Even girls as young as sixteen are walking in for hymen repair.”

What a gift
A large number of married women too want their hymen to be reconstructed. “Mostly it’s their husbands who prod them to undergo the procedure to make sex seem like the first time,” says Dr Nina Kumar Singh, gynaecologist, Fortis La Femme. In the case of married women, the operation not only involves reconstructing the hymen but tightening up the vagina as well. It involves fat grafting of the vaginal lips and tightening of vaginal canal. “Most women come a week before their marriage anniversary or Valentine’s Day. The procedure is a surprise gift for their husbands,” says Dr Singh. Dr Singh gets some 5-6 such cases every month. “If the patient desires, blood capsules can be inserted in her vagina so that when the woman has intercourse, there’s blood on the sheet,” says Dr Sharma.

My wife’s a virgin
Psychologists say that the fact that most men still look for a virgin bride, has propelled the trend. “It’s sick but the idea of ‘deflowering a virgin’ gives men a kick. Women opt for the procedure as it relieves them of the fear of being found out that they are not a virgin,” says psychologist Deepali Kapoor.