Virginity restoration surgeries are getting rampant
Women are having ‘virginity-restoring’ operations on the that cost of £1,000 a time, figures reveal.
Hospitals have admitted to carrying out 609 reconstructive procedures between 2007 and 2017.
But the true number is likely to be far higher as only nine hospitals bothered to supply figures.
According to relationship counsellor Louise Van der Velde, many women want to repeat losing their virginity after being disappointed the first time.
She adds some want to have that experience with their husbands ‘by being as pure as possible again’, while religious women may feel ‘overwhelmed’ by sexual guilt.
The half-hour operation involves the hymen being stitched or reconstructed.
It’s meant to be a sacred thing’
Ms Van der Velde said: ‘A lot of people have a bad experience for their first time.
‘Often it’s not what it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be a sacred thing and you never forget losing it.
‘Maybe because people have been let down by that and it doesn’t end up being what they want, they want to do it again.
‘Maybe they want to share it with their husbands by being as pure as possible again.’
Normally the hymen breaks and bleeds when a woman has sex for the first time.
But it can also break through using a tampon or sports including horse riding.
In 48 of the cases, the hospitals were able to provide details of the woman’s religion.
A total of 15 were classified as Christian, eight Church of England, two Muslim and 23 defined as having no religion.
And for 59 of the women, hospitals provided details on whether they were single, married or in a relationship.
This included 48 women who were single, six married or in civil partnerships, two divorced and three who didn’t want to say.
What is a virginity-restoring operation?
Dr Naomi Crouch, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said: The hymen is a thin piece of skin that partially covers the entrance to the vagina. It usually breaks during sex but can be broken through sports, and other intense stretching activities
‘Therefore, having a broken hymen doesn’t necessarily mean a woman has lost her virginity.
‘Hymenoplasty is a form of female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) which involves creating scar tissue so that a woman whose hymen is no longer intact can bleed the next time she has intercourse. Making whoever she is with think she is a virgin, virginit
‘There is a lack of reliable evidence about the clinical effectiveness and risks of FGCS, and there is no medical indication for these operations to be carried out.
‘It is important that clinicians inform and reassure women and girls about variations in female genitalia, thoroughly explore the reasons behind the request for FGCS, and advise on the management of physical symptoms rather than suggesting surgery as an option.’