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  Life   Health  11 May 2018  NHS reports surge in ‘virginity repair’ operations

NHS reports surge in ‘virginity repair’ operations

Published : May 11, 2018, 5:14 pm IST
Updated : May 11, 2018, 5:14 pm IST

Here's what hospital figures show.

Representational Image. (Photo:Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Photo:Pixabay)

UK's National Health Service (NHS) has revealed many women are choosing to have 'virginity repair' surgeries.

Between 2007 and 2017, close to 109 women have undergone the procedure in hospitals run by NHS.

The surgery involves reconstructing the hymen, which is a "thin membrane at the opening of the vagina that can tear during sex", the Metro reported. The hymen is reconstructed or stitched, so the next time the woman has sex she, it will tear and bleed again.

The surgery reportedly costs £1,000 and takes 30 minutes to perform.

Guilt could be the reason so many women are choosing this surgery, experts speculate.

"A lot of people have a bad experience for their first time," relationship counsellor Louise Van der Velde, is quoted as saying by the Metro. Adding, "Maybe they want to share it with their husbands by being as pure as possible again."

Hospital figures reveal 81% of the women that had the surgery were single.

The figures also revealed:

* 23 women had no religion

*  15 identified as Christian

*  Eight identified as Church of England

*  Two identified as Muslim

Women are generally permitted to have the procedure for physical or psychological reasons.

Tags: united kingdom (uk), national health service (nhs), hymen, surgery, psychology