What should be avoided after surgery to ensure the new hymen remains intact?

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What Should Be Avoided After Hymenoplasty Surgery

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Every patient differs as they heal as so their levels of discomfort. Perhaps, this may provide some insight. Patients generally leave our office very comfortable with a small “pad” to absorb minor amounts of blood.  We instruct them to soak twice a day in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes.  Epsom salts can also be used to increase soothing.  A small amount of bacitracin ointment can be applied.

Most importantly, it's highly recommended to delay sexual activity; including vaginal intercourse, foreplay and masturbation for at least 6 weeks after surgery. When you are in the clear and do have intercourse, any “virginity-confirming” bleeding that occurs with penetration may be a result of the #success of your surgery. Most likely, you will not experience bleeding the next time and may require another procedure if desired and if feasible. Therefore, do not insert fingers or anything of that magnitude in attempt to determine if your surgery is a success.

Therefore, you may require another surgery if your goal is to bleed on your first intimacy with your future husband. You must be patience and abide by your doctor's post-op healing instructions if this is important to you.

You must be patience and abide by your doctor's post-op healing instructions. Do not push yourself. If you have certain concerns about your procedure results, it is recommended to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns. 


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Things to avoid after hymenoplasty

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First and most obvious, insert nothing into the vagina until you're going to have sex. This should be a minimum of six weeks from surgery to make sure the scar is completely healed. Next, keep pressure off the area when sitting and when using toilet paper for the first six weeks. Finally, avoid soaking the stitches in water for the first six weeks because they will soften. No tub baths, no swimming.

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