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Hymen Repair and Fake Virginity Certificates
Status: Strange forms of deception
In Hippo Eats Dwarf I define 'Secondary Virginity' as: "Virginity regained by abstaining from sex for a time." But apparently many Muslim women in Europe are using other means of regaining their virginity. The Associated Press reports:
[Dr. Nathan] Wrobel is one of an unknown number of gynecologists in France who are willing to repair hymens, the membrane usually broken by the first act of sexual intercourse. He was one of the few doctors willing to talk about it. Wrobel says women come to him having convinced themselves that the procedure will somehow reverse the irreversible. "They tell me, 'I'll be a virgin again. You will make me a virgin,' which in reality is totally false. … It's a secret we share." Other doctors issue false virginity certificates or offer such tricks as spilling a vial of blood on the sheets to fool families into believing the bride has passed their purity bar.
Hymen repair struck me as a rather peculiar operation, and I wondered if it was real or just some kind of medical scam. But some quick research reveals that it is a real procedure, according to Hanne Blank, author of Virgin: The Untouched History:
if you're asking whether it is possible to surgically alter your hymen so that it looks like a picture in a textbook and no one would be able to tell by looking at your hymen that you'd ever had penetrative sex, the answer is that yes, some plastic surgeons will perform plastic surgery on your vaginal opening to make it appear to have a uniform, "pristine" hymen.
However, as the Wikipedia entry about Hymens points out, the condition of a hymen is a very poor indicator of a woman's sexual history:
the hymen is a poor indicator of whether a woman has actually engaged in sexual intercourse because a normal hymen does not completely block the vaginal opening. The normal hymen is never actually "intact" since there is always an opening in it.
Categories: Body Manipulation, Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 28, 2006
Comments (21)
Of course this operation exists and is readily available in the middle east...I cant believe this was put on the site as if its something not widely known. Just to add onto this an awful but known fact (for anyone who has never picked up a national geographic or even a marie claire) some girls that are used for prostitution in China/India are sold as "virgins" to clients. What the client is not aware of however is that the girl is just stiched up over and over to be able to sell her again and again. Hymens of course are not all completely intact otherwise it would be difficult for a virgin to ever have a period. Think about it.
Posted by merve  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  02:30 AM
This procedure is also fairly common here in South Korea. I know a few women who were about to get married and were going to have the procedure done. I also seem to recall reading a news article a few months ago about this being a rising trend in the U.S. -- where married women would get the procedure done as an "anniversary present" for their spouse.

Actually, here is the article I was thinking of:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05349/622923.stm
Posted by Tim  in  Seoul, South Korea  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  03:15 AM
Merve, not everyone knows everything that you do. This may be new to a lot of people. Everyone on this site knows that Bonsai Kittens aren't real but you still get thousands of people who fall for that every day. But it's through this site, and ones like it, that we educate ourselves. There's no need to be condescending about it.
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  06:04 AM
Morning-After conversation:

"Hey, you know how I said I was a virgin? Pranked!"

Hilarious.
Posted by Nightbringer  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  08:44 AM
It's called 'maku-saisei'in Japan. I first saw an article on this over 10 years ago, but the procedure itself seems to be around 30 years old now.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  09:57 AM
Hi, thanks for citing me (even though the book isn't out yet -- I imagine you've seen either the FAQ on my site or one of the interviews I've given).

Hymenorraphy and hymenoplasty are both fairly common surgeries. There's a section in chapter five of my book (out in February 07) that discusses the surgeries in some detail.

One of your commenters mentioned that surgical "virginity restoration" is about 30 years old. In reality, various surgical and quasi-surgical attempts to "restore virginity" (scare quotes used for the obvious reasons) date from around the tenth century. Purely pharmaceutical methods of feigning/imitating/enhancing "virginal" characteristics go back much further, to the ancient Greeks.

But, as I say, more on all that can be found in the book, and thanks for the plug!
Posted by Hanne Blank  in  Baltimore, MD  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  10:36 AM
merve, i also was not aware of this practice. and i think it's good that this article was posted here, because it shows the inherent deceitfulness and chicanery of women.... JUST KIDDING!!
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  07:38 PM
Let's come up with an equivalent surgery for the men -- something which makes intercourse painful for several iterations, just like it usually is for real female virgins.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Wed Jun 28, 2006  at  09:18 PM
"... for the men -- something which makes intercourse painful for several iterations ..."

What makes you think it's not?
Posted by oops  in  Plano, Texas  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  08:45 AM
A few months back, D Magazine (Dallas's local version of the Weekly World News) had a cover story titled "The New Boob Job." This article claimed that the hottest cosmetic surgery fad is for (mostly married) women to get their vaginas tightened, and that a high percentage of these customers opt to combine this with a "labial trim" (ouch!) and/or hymen restoration.

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Frisco, Texas  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  08:54 AM
i am not a virgin to get married in my culture you have to be a virgin i do not want to upset my family how is it to have a operation to repair the vagina
Posted by BIANCA  in  manchester  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  09:24 AM
hi i want to know more about on how to recover once u loose ur virginity aside from surgery.
Posted by Mercylynnianiza Booc  in  Qatar Doha  on  Sun Feb 17, 2008  at  03:16 AM
Thanks for the information.Very informative. Even though this is widely known, a bit of open discussion, will help.
Posted by sexual-health  in  United Kingdom  on  Wed Jun 04, 2008  at  04:35 AM
I am not sure why a woman would want to have a hymen repaired unless it was broken through some unfortunate accident and she is that sensitive about it. The only other reason would be to intentionally deceive a partner, which would just be wrong.
Posted by Water Damage  on  Wed Nov 26, 2008  at  10:30 AM
Water Damage, like you, i thought it was foolish or deceitful to repair the hymen. But now I know someone in a gulf-state country who was raped at SIX YEARS OF AGE, and now she is terrified that if she marries, she will be found out and shamed. This is practically a life-or-death issue for her. Sadly, given the circumstances, she may actually be better off hiding this fact from the world.
Posted by Chat Addict  in  Los Angeles, California  on  Fri Aug 14, 2009  at  06:55 PM
i need a verginity kit, i did nothing wrong but its a matter of life & death, im in egypt . plz help
Posted by joey  in  egypt  on  Wed Nov 25, 2009  at  07:40 PM
i want te be aa virgin again
Iam in egypt don't know what to do,or which clinic can do this operation.
Plz joey if u know something u must let me know
Posted by sad princess  in  egypt  on  Tue Dec 01, 2009  at  05:27 AM
i want to know all the information about this re virginity operation,should it be done few days before thr wedding day?can i do it a year earlier?or a month?and how much will it coast?how much time does it take? Plz i want answers.
Posted by sad princess  in  egypt  on  Tue Dec 01, 2009  at  06:24 AM
i wnt to get back my virginty & for thz wht i all ve to do plz reply soon thnx
Posted by queen  in  Pakistan  on  Sun Feb 28, 2010  at  07:50 AM
hi am 23 girl ,,,, am not sure that i lost my virginity but i will tell wt happen to me ,,,,, i used to play judo and one day i fell down on my back after 2 days i bled really red blood and it's not the time of my period ,,,,, and as am Muslim girl i will have big problem if i lost my virginity and no one will believe that i lost it during doing sport thing ,,,,,, so can someone help me
Posted by zeez  in  jordan  on  Fri Apr 02, 2010  at  04:59 AM
it actually never occurred to me that this might exist even though it is, obviously, very possible. it's true that most people that actually undergo this surgery probably just made a stupid decision that they're trying to fix, or that they just want to gift someone with the experience, but there are people that have other reasons. a lot of women lose their virginity without sexual activity because of sports and some women are even born without one, and a lot of girls are raped. it's an unfortunate truth. i honestly am considering this surgery for myself to have the option to choose the person to give my virginity to
Posted by anonymous  in  USA  on  Wed Jun 16, 2010  at  03:38 AM
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