Since virginity is often seen as present or absent based on the presence or lack thereof of the hymen in the woman, hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure that can offered under circumstances where the woman desires it. It cannot be denied that the peace of mind of the woman and her family, and even the way she is perceived at large is dependent upon the state of virginity. It is convenient to be able to use a small surgical procedure if it means unnecessary enquiries into one’s sexual history can be avoided.
The hymen is a membrane that covers about half of the woman’s vaginal opening, but it can vary in thickness and shape. The hymen is formed when the vagina matures, but may not continue to be present because of various activities that a female might do. Various sports, fingering as part of masturbation or sexual intercourse, insertion of tampons during the menstrual cycle may all affect the presence of the hymen. Any piercing or disturbance of the hymen may or may not be associated with bleeding on the outside.
For reasons of propriety, and other societal factors, a woman might decide to restore the hymen, and this can be done in a simple procedure known as hymenoplasty. As a matter of procedure, the surgery also tightens the walls of the vagina, and there is a heightened measure of sensation, which may result in an increased sexual pleasure. The whole procedure takes about an hour. Some monitoring is done, and the patient can usually leave for home the same day.