Getting virginity back
Falling in love all over again can be taxing, especially when you want to start with a clean slate-literally. Poonam (name changed) decided that her ?new? relationship, deserved everything new and so decided to become a virgin again.india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 02:50 IST
Falling in love all over again can be taxing, especially when you want to start with a clean slate-literally. Poonam (name changed) decided that her ‘new’ relationship, deserved everything new and so decided to become a virgin again.
Reasons for women seeking a ‘second first time’ have changed over the years. Though vaginal rejuvenation and hymenoplasty are not new procedures, the number of women getting it done as a gift to their husband or lovers is on the rise.
Dr SS Saha, Senior Consultant and Plastic Surgeon at Sir Gangaram Hospital said, “The numbers are not very high but we have treated patients for vaginal rejuvination and hymenoplasty.
The process includes a variety of procedures. Some women get their vaginal canal tightened while others go all the way and get their hymen tightened.
This last procedure can, in a sense, make a woman a virgin again.”
Plastic Surgeons say that the procedure is not popular in India and they are not helping its cause either.
“We do not promote hymenoplasty as such. People opt for it under societal pressure. Virginity is equated with the women's character and no one should be punished if they are either are born without a hymen or broke the tissue during sporting activities,” said Dr Sunil Choudhary, Senior Consultant, Max Healthcare.
Dr Choudhary added that he had operated on 4-5 patients so far, but that was not in India.
“It is common for girls to be born without a hymen. And unless they are under any kind of pressure, women do not need to get it remedied,” says Dr SV Kotwal, Senior Consultant, Urology at Sitaram Bhartia Hospital.
Local anesthesia is used for the procedure for tissue dissection and to stop small blood vessels from bleeding.
The areas of the vagina, which were torn, are denuded—the upper layer of tissue is removed so that they grow back together when they are approximated with dissolvable stitches.
Then the edges are brought back together to reform the star-shaped “ring” as it was prior to the rupture of the hymen.
It is made small enough, so that it tears after the first sexual intercourse.
The surgery cost around Rs 22000- Rs 25000 and is done at all major hospitals.
First Published: Feb 26, 2006 02:50 IST