hymenoplasty

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hymenoplasty (plural hymenoplasties)

  1. (medicine) Plastic surgery affecting a woman's hymen, usually involving reconstruction to the unbroken condition ordinarily characteristic of virginity.
    • 2008, Diana Zlomislic, "The Virgin Makers," Toronto Star, 12 Jul., p. L1,
      Dr. Robert Stubbs, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon . . . has won international acclaim for refining the hymenoplasty procedure, which involves cutting away the scarred edge of the membrane broken during intercourse and narrowing the entrance of the vagina, then putting the pieces back together.
    • 2010, Emily Maguire, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 36:
      One of the options available to women under such pressure is hymenoplasty, in which a surgeon uses remnants of the hymen or tissue from the vaginal wall to create a "new hymen" that will break and bleed during intercourse.

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