Skip to comments.Like a virgin? Thanks to 'revirgination' (hot new trend)
Posted on 01/11/2006 6:32:06 AM PST by NYer
WASHINGTON Forget Botox, liposuction or breast enlargement. The newest trend in plastic surgery for women in the United States is vaginal reconstruction, including hymenoplasty, which offers patients new virginity.
The procedure has become so popular that it has topped the other more conventional surgeries such as face-lifts and breast enlargement.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that vaginal surgery is one of the fastest growing trends in plastic surgery. In fact, as many as 30,000 women are said to opt for vaginal reconstruction yearly.
The procedure, also known as "revirgination", is being hawked in magazines, the Internet or on radio stations as a way for women to improve their sex life or enjoy a second honeymoon.
Ms Jeanette Yarborough, a medical assistant from San Antonio, Texas, said she decided to undergo hymenoplasty, which involves reattaching the hymen, as a special gift for her husband.
"I wasn't a virgin when we got married and I thought: What better gift to give my husband than revirgination?" the 40-year-old mother of four told AFP. "It was a real sentimental gift, it was something I could recreate for him and he was thrilled. He was like, 'Yeah, it was worth every penny'," she said.
Though long popular among women in the Middle East and Latin America, where being chaste is important on one's wedding night, hymenoplasty is experiencing new-found popularity among women in the US.
One clinic boasts on its Internet site that its practitioners "can repair the hymen as if nothing occurred". Many who undergo the procedure, which costs between US$1,800 ($2,900) and US$5,000, also ask that their vaginas be tightened, doctors say.
Ms Esmeralda Vanegas, owner of the Ridgewood Health and Beauty Center in New York, said business was booming with about five hymenoplasties performed every month.
"Hymenoplasty is for women who want to please their husband or their lover and they know that he wants to experience intercourse with a virgin," she said.
Ms Mary Blum, author of Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery, expressed concern at the fact that such surgery was becoming part of mainstream America and was being marketed as a way to gain self-esteem or as part of the country's obsession with self-improvement.
"With hymenoplasty, one of the obvious problems is you're pretending nothing happened before," she told AFP. "It falls under the heading of rejuvenation, pretending your body has no history, so now it has no sexual history."
She added that such procedures were gaining in popularity in part because they were made affordable for the masses and were being touted as a consumer product rather than as invasive and potentially dangerous surgery.
"It's in the domain of 'Will I take a trip, buy a new car or get a hymenoplasty?'" she said.
Ms Blum said women like Ms Yarborough could probably make their husbands just as happy with a much cheaper and less medically-intrusive option. "She could have gotten him an inflatable doll," she said. AGENCIES
I'll try to ping this one out.
Unbelievable. It's just madness, and this isn't the nadir.
Wow!! I knew you had a big family - well done!!
Sorry Tax-Chick, had = have
Are these the same masses that are clamoring for national health care because they can't afford $45 for the pediatrician if their child has pneumonia?
Did yesterday, do today :-).
Sorry about that!
I'll go back to lurking now; no need to call the admin moderator...
Just a thought...."But she was a virgin, how could she have given me herpes (or syphillis or gonorrhea or aids,etc.)"
yikes... this is a scary possibility. Hopefully there are some major std tests done before the procedure.
It also sounds like there are a lot of women who, despite all the so-called "empowerment" of the feminist movement and the sexual revolution, deep down have lingering regrets or maybe even guilt feelings about giving it up before marriage.
This is just so bizarre, as if being a virgin is ony about a thin piece of tissue.
Notice how the article never addresses the fact that maybe these women should actually be virgins? Perhaps saving themselves for that one, exclusive man who will marry them and give them children might be os some value?
Only sick people (Read: pedophiles) think in this manner.