11:27 am - 01/16/2007

Hymenotomy Recovery Period

First off, many thanks to all who replied to my previous post regarding surgical hymen-altering procedures. You ladies are awesome.

But I have another question. I have a hymenotomy (surgical incision of the hymen) scheduled in early March, but I was wondering how long the recovery period would be. I'm not planning on doing anything strenuous (especially not having sex) right after the procedure, but I should be able to go back to classes, right? I'm guessing there may be some slight discomfort while walking about, but nothing too serious.

Thanks again for any input!
quiltingdragon 16th-Jan-2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
A day or two for the bad discomfort, but they will give you a pain prescription. I was back to full power within a week as to movement. The main discomfort comes not from the procedure, but the position they have to get you into to do it. They hang you almost upside down from the operating room ceiling with this special apparattus - looks like something from an S&M movie, but with sterile grippy things and padding. It puts strain on muscles that normally don't stretch that way, and makes them very sore for a day or so.
jenmarie 16th-Jan-2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
I was up and functional within a couple of days. I was also 13 when I had it done (at the same time as cutting my labial adhesions to my perenium). So I had more surgery than you're looking at, but I was really young and had the energy/resiliency of being a kid still. It probably all depends on your personal rate of healing. That area tends to heal pretty quickly overall. :)
sarah_mae13 17th-Jan-2007 12:28 am (UTC)
I don't remember any recovery problems besides being nauseous from the anesthesia afterwards. I had mine done in August not too long before I was going back to college.
frolicnaked 17th-Jan-2007 05:19 am (UTC)
You know, I'm not sure that we have any specific information about this in VP. If you're feeling up to it, I invite you to post back here with your experience when the time comes so that your story might serve as a resource to others who are looking into this procedure. :)
cheshirepurr 17th-Jan-2007 05:40 am (UTC)
Sure thing! There seems to be very little information on the procedure anywhere online. I'll keep the community posted.
frolicnaked 17th-Jan-2007 05:51 am (UTC)
That would be super fabulous! :)
drachenfach 10th-Feb-2007 10:45 am (UTC)
I'm a bit late to this one.

I had a hymenectomy at the age of 17 or so, because my hymen was too thick to enable me to have any penetrative sex, use tampons, or even know that there was a vagina hidden behind there, as the gap that allowed menstrual products through was too small to see.

The surgery I had was originally intended to be just the doctor parting the flesh with her hands whilst I was under anaesthetic, but when I woke up, she informed me that she had had to use a cauterising instrument as the skin was thicker than anticipated.

The area was rather difficult to examine, but during the immediate post-recovery period I noticed it was fairly sore, felt very very odd (being as I was used to a smooth patch of skin) and had a faint odour of barbecue to it! I was encouraged to use the toilet as soon as I was over the anaesthetic. Urinating stung, but was not unbearable. About 3 or 4 hours after I woke up I was allowed home.

I was instructed to get some KY or equivalent lube and some tampons, and experiment with inserting them, partly to get used to the sensation, and partly to prevent any adhesions as the flesh healed.

I can't advise on when it's best to become sexually active again after the procedure, as I was not active at all at that time, however as the hymen had been completely removed I had no discomfort at all with penetrative activities once the area had healed.

It's taken me a while to become comfortable with discussing this, but now I am happy to talk about it if anyone wants to know more- just drop a (discreet) note in my lj.
goldpaws 8th-May-2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
It's been only three or four days since I got the surgery and i feel like the pain meds (Vicodin) took a bigger toll on me than the surgery, with dizziness and headaches!

So far walking isn't a problem (too much) but sitting on one side for a period of time, like at a restaurant or through a movie at the movie theater, is a bit uncomfy. Not enough to get up and walk around, but enough to reposition like i've got hemmoroids. lol.

I expect to be able to sit/walk at my graduation this coming week with no problem.

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