I’ve been intending to post a blog article for quite some time now. I’ve even made a list of topics I was supposed to have written about. But not until now, was there a topic that I just had to comment on immediately! I don’t normally watch “Strange Sex” but I couldn’t sleep last night and there was nothing else on, so I checked it out. The topic was “vaginal rejuvenation.” I BS you not, that was really the topic. The story focused on a couple that had been married for 40 years. For their 40th anniversary, the husband wanted to experience losing their virginity again. So, he asked his wife to have surgery to make her vagina feel like it did when they were first married and she agreed! Of course, my first thought was “what is he going to do to get his penis and stamina back to the way it was 40 years ago?” Well, maybe that was a few thoughts later, my true first thoughts probably shouldn’t be shared…Anyway, I was intrigued by this topic and wanted to see what happened. Her vaginoplasty, that’s the name of the first surgery she had, went well. The docs explained that it took a little longer than they initially planned because her vagina had started to fall, but all in all, everything went well. She was in recovery for a few months. Then it was time for her hymenoplasty. That’s right, they also replaced her hymen. I mean, what’s a virgin without blood?
As a sexual health educator, I’m familiar with both of these surgeries, however, not in this context. Most often, I’ve heard of vaginoplasty being performed because there was a medical purpose to do it. For example, a baby who is urinating into her vagina because her urethra grew in where it shouldn’t have or a woman whose vagina was stretched too far or torn giving birth. While I have heard of hymenoplasty being performed for non-medical reasons, it has not been since the Victorian era when women needed their husbands to believe they were “pure” and virginal on their weeding nights so they would have what was affectionately termed, a “lover’s knot” put in. The lovers knot would break upon penetration and the husband would be none the wiser to his wife’s previous sexual exploits.
It’s 2012 and I’ve heard of women doing all sorts of things to tighten their vaginas, from taking epsom salt baths to douching with vinegar. But to go so far as to have surgery to feel like a virgin again? No, I hadn’t heard that one, until last night. This woman truly brought new meaning to the idea of having a “snap back” p—y! I don’t know about you, but my sexual debut was not bad, nor was it something I’d want to go back and experience all over again. I like my sex to be pleasurable and blood free- unless of course, it’s that time of the month; but that’s a whole other blog. The show got me to thinking about other people/couples who may consider having vaginoplasty and hymenoplasty surgery to feel like they did during their sexual debut. If that’s you, I’d like to offer this, both vaginoplasty and hymenoplasty can be complicated surgeries. Complications include bleeding, infection, scarring, vaginal separation or numbness, and more. The good news is that complications are rare and tend to be less likely with laser vaginal rejuvenation. The recovery time is about 6 weeks to 4 months for vaginoplasty and up to 6 weeks for hymenoplasty. Surgery can get expensive, costing anywhere from $4000 – $9000 for vaginoplasty and around $1000 for hymenoplasty. That’s quite a bit of money to re-pop a cherry. Either way, I wouldn’t suggest taking a chance with your vagina to please your man unless he’s willing to have penile reconstructive surgery to be as long, thick, and hard as you want with the ability to last until you say he’s done. If this is something you’re considering, make sure you are doing so because it’s something YOU want. BTW, the couple was quite pleased with the results – in case you were wondering.