10:11 am - 08/01/2008

Hymen Removal

Next Friday I am having surgery to get my septate hymen removed. 

Has anyone else had this procedure done?  How much blood was there afterward?

 I will also be on the end of my period but I hate pads so I'm trying to see if I could get away with panty liners.
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miss_klutz 1st-Aug-2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
I decided to go ahead with the surgery since intercourse and using tampons can sometimes be painful and uncomfortable.

My doctor explained to me that the procedure can be done in office, but he would prefer to do it out of office. It will be about a ten minute procedure; I will be put to sleep and each side of my hymen will be snipped, sewn up with ( as far as I know, dissolving) stitches. The hymen will be removed and I will most likely be getting some pain medication for later.

He said I should be able to have sexual intercourse within one to two weeks of the procedure.

My insurance does cover the procedure and I am only paying a $25 co-pay. Of course everyone's insurance plans are different, but it is considered a medical need by my provider and hopefully by yours too!

I hope whatever you decide works out for you!

I'll get back to you after the surgery and let you know how it went. :) Thank you for the warm wishes.
totheleft 1st-Aug-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad your insurance is covering this. So many insurance companies are stupid regarding women's health! That's great!

miss_klutz 1st-Aug-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was fearful the surgery was going to cost up in the hundreds since the doctor insisted on putting me under and I don't trust insurance to cover much. I was so relieved when the nurse called the other day to let me know the only billing would be $25.
archangelbeth 2nd-Aug-2008 12:32 am (UTC)
...why does the doctor insist on putting you under? That automatically makes it a more serious procedure than if you were conscious, just from the anesthetic effects. I'd think a local would be more appropriate. I do trust that there will be a nurse present? O:/
marionravenwood 2nd-Aug-2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, general anesthesia for a septate hymen? It's up to you of course, but that sets off all my alarm bells. Why on earth wouldn't you want to do it with a local?
miss_klutz 2nd-Aug-2008 08:56 am (UTC)
I've heard of both general and local used for a septate hymen. My doctor said both could be used but with the condition of mine he would prefer general and so would I.

I'm nervous when it comes to surgeries and we were both more comfortable with the idea of general.
marionravenwood 2nd-Aug-2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound like you *shouldn't* do general anesthesia if you want to--I read your earlier comment and thought your doctor was forcing you to. I suppose part of it may have to do with how thick the septum is--on some people it's a really thin stretchy band of tissue that can be snipped in just a couple of minutes, but it sounds like you're dealing with more than that.

miss_klutz 2nd-Aug-2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh no, he wasn't forcing me to do general, I should have worded that differently. He suggest general would be the best and I was very glad for that since I was afraid it would only be local. I'm sure if I had any issue with it he would be fine doing local.

Yes, mine is pretty thick and isn't all too stretchy.
miss_klutz 2nd-Aug-2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Yes, there will be a nurse present.

If I had an issue with being put under I could be awake, but he felt it was a better idea to put me under. I will only be out for about 20 minutes and a nurse as well as my mother will be present.

I would honestly rather be asleep during the procedure so I did not argue with that.
iamjustme 1st-Aug-2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I think several of our members have had a hymenectomy, so no you're not alone in this :) Here's a link to the hymenectomy tag: http://community.livejournal.com/vaginapagina/tag/hymenectomy . I'd offer more personal advice/answers but I've never had one. Hopefully the tagged entries will help you out.
miss_klutz 1st-Aug-2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I wasn't aware the removal had a specific name.
Renae Bryan not19th-Jul-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
hopefully you are not haveing a hymenectomy, because that is the removal of your hyman all together. you have a septate hymen (or a band of tissue partialy blocking the entrance to your vagina). Only the band needs removel, not the entire hyman as is done in a hymenectomy. Medical Terminology 101 ectomy at the end of any body part means the surgical removal of that body part. For example: hysterectomy is the removal of the hyster which is the medical term for uteris.
-Just so you are aware-
-Unless you don't mind your hole hymen being removed, not just the band or septate, make sure you are not having a hymenectomy -
thats all.
shyshutterbug 1st-Aug-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I had a hymenectomy in 2004 (I had a cribriform hymen, but the procedure itself should be relatively identical) and didn't really have much bleeding after mine - mostly spotting or very light flow, and certainly nothing any heavier than a period. Stopped after about a week.

Best of luck to you, and feel free to message me if you want to talk about it further!
miss_klutz 2nd-Aug-2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! :) I'll just bring some panty liners/pads along with me.
tawnyzomby 25th-Aug-2009 07:21 am (UTC)
i just had mine removed in july.
they didn't know if i had a vaginal septum or not, but it ended up just being very thick. (i also had an exploratory laproscopic surgery.)

when i woke up, they put the hospital underwear on me with a pad already in it, so you won't need to worry about bringing one. i only bled for about 2 days, and i was cut in 4 different places. (i did have a sudden large amount of blood, but that was from strenuous activity. so be careful with that for a while.) and my doctor told me not to use tampons of have sex for 6 weeks.

but, it was a lot less than what i expected. not much pain at all.

good luck.
Melissa Mullen recovery20th-Jan-2011 05:46 am (UTC)
i just had mine removed today and just had a local numbing i didnt feel a thing and they did it in the office. i have a bit of spotting but not bad. it is a bit uncomfertable trying not to move the rong way with the stiches but am very happy to be done with it. i am on cheep governmet insurance and only had to pay $5 co-pay. good luck to any one who is getting it done mine only took like 15 min and i was out of there! if youare not going under it helps to have some one to hold your hand as my husband did for me, it helps!
dongmihi 12th-Aug-2011 04:40 am (UTC)
i had mine removed about 4 years ago, it was an emergeny procedure due to the fact that mine tore serverly during a gymnastics class. and word of advice don't worry about the procedure, because the procedure itself is non-painful however after if you do anything strenous there is a chance of bleed like with any sugery and just to be safe dont use tampons or have sex for about 8 weeks atleast thats what my doctor told me.
dongmihi 12th-Aug-2011 04:42 am (UTC)
and yes if it is damaged enough then you can have it removed in an emergency procedure though it is very very rare.
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