Some doctors in the UK are earning thousands of dollars performing secret “virginity repair” surgery on women who are under pressure to prove they are “pure” on their wedding night.
This secret industry is thriving at the expense of women who are afraid of rejection because of their family’s traditions.
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Hundreds of women are traveling from abroad to London where they undergo the invasive hymenoplasty procedure costing thousands at a time. The procedure is more commonly known as the ‘hymen repair’ which creates the illusion of an “unbroken” hymen which is traditionally considered the mark of virginity, which is old and outdated as doctors have long since cleared up that sporting activity such as riding a bike and horse-riding can cause the hymen to break.
The surgery takes less than an hour and is performed under a local anesthetic. The surgery involves constructing a layer of skin at the entrance of the vagina that will tear when the women have intercourse and will bleed slightly which as the belief is when a hymen is broken for the first time a woman will bleed, not all women do!
In the main, the women seeking this surgery are young Muslims from Middle Eastern and Asian families who are under extreme pressure to be “untouched” when they marry, as extramarital sex or Zina if expressly forbidden by the Koran.
The British newspaper the Sunday Times revealed at least 22 private clinics are offering hymenoplasty, mostly in London.
Some of these clinics charge up to £2,300 ($3000) for the surgery and they lure the vulnerable women by advertising a promise that the surgery will “restore your innocence” and claiming it is 100% safe.
Upon a Google search on this subject the Regency International private clinic in North London, UK, appeared at the top of the search and the adverts for the clinic reads; “Become a virgin again. Hymen repair surgery to get your virginity back!”
Another clinic Gynae Centre in central London says on their site;
“having the “small” operation because “the hymen is considered a token of virginity and for cultural and religious reasons can be an important factor in a new marriage. In many cases, marriages are even annulled if the hymen is torn.”
“Virginity repair” surgery is legal in the UK.
The procedures are carried out in private clinics and they are not required to collate statistics which makes it impossible to know the true figures of just how many women are having this procedure done.
However, charities believe hundreds of patients are undergoing the procedure in the UK every year, and this would make sense when some clinics are saying the request for the procedure has increased at least fourfold in the past five years.
In the UK alone there were more than 9,000 searches made on Google for hymenoplasty, and campaigners have said that the clinics are capitalizing on the fears of women.
In the UK the guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) says that before undertaking any procedure practitioners must obtain a patient’s “informed consent”, which “may not be valid if it is given under pressure or duress exerted by another person”.
Dr. Leila Frodsham, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK, said hymen repair perpetuated “harmful myths” about virginity.
Dr. Frodsham said: “I think people would be surprised to know this is going on.”
“There are a lot of people making a lot of money out of very vulnerable women.”
She also said that requests for the operation posed an “ethical dilemma” to medics.
Dr. Frodsham added: “It is very difficult to think that it’s justified to operate on somebody as part of religious practice.”
“There is no benefit other than demonstrating that you’re a virgin on your wedding night.”
Mohammad Masood, director of MAS Gynaecology, said requests for the procedure at his Harley Street clinic had risen four-fold since 2014.
He said his patients typically found him online and were “almost exclusively Muslim”.
Mr. Masood added the girls would be the subject to stigma if they didn’t bleed when losing their virginity.
He explained: “Some of the girls are going through situations where if they don’t bleed there is stigma and there’s no way the marriage will survive.”
“Their wellbeing hinges on their virginity and not bringing a bad name to the family.”
Mr. Masood said, “he arranged a discreet consultation with the patient to determine their suitability for the procedure”.
He also offered follow-up counseling, but “usually they do not want contact. They will say, ‘Do not ring at all. Do not use the phone. Just email.'”
About a third of his patients travel to the UK, particularly from Iran, Turkey and other countries in the Middle East, where the procedure is available but considered taboo.
Charities and medical experts are now calling for closer regulation of the virginity industry in Britain.
As well as medics offering the surgery, the internet is awash with “artificial hymen” kits containing fake blood and vaginal tightening pills that can be inserted before sex.