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‘Doing hymen reconstruction’: an analysis of perceptions and experiences of Flemish gynaecologists
The Dangerous Business of Hymen Reconstruction Surgeries - VICE
In a world of extreme makeovers where human bodies are now fashioned to order, this may be the ultimate plastic surgery. It is for women only. It is veiled in secrecy. And it fixes a tiny part of the anatomy rarely mentioned in polite company. You may know it by a variety of slang terms. Technically, it's the hymen, a thin membrane that partially covers the opening of the vagina.
The Dangerous Business of Hymen Reconstruction Surgeries
Over centuries, virginity has been given social, religious and moral importance. It is widely believed as a state of a female who has never engaged in sexual intercourse, and her hymen is intact. Hymenoplasty for torn hymen is carried out not only for the sake of cultural and religious traditions but also for the social status and interpersonal relationships. Two flaps were based proximally, and their two opposing flaps were based distally.
Data and materials are available with the corresponding author at Ghent University. Among the medical profession, hymen reconstruction receives particular attention and its necessity is debated because the surgery is not medically indicated, and often reveals conflicting social norms on virginity and marriageability between health professionals and their patients. The focus of this paper is not to address the many open questions that the ethics and politics around HR reveal, but rather aims at contributing to the much-needed empirical evidence.