Anfragen an Online-Ärzte über die Möglichkeit einer operativen Rekonstruktion des Hymens: Datenerhebung am Universitäts-und am Kinderspital Zürich

Wild, V.; Bühler, R. Neuhaus; Poulin, H.; Brockes, C.; Schmidt-Weitmann, S.; Biller-Andorno, N.
April 2010
Praxis (16618157);4/14/2010, Vol. 99 Issue 8, p475
Academic Journal
The «reconstruction of the hymen» consists in a surgical suture of the seam of a hymen that has been fissured due to vaginal intercourse or other causes. This intervention aims at triggering bleeding on the occasion of the next intercourse, a phenomenon often required as proof of virginity within certain traditions. Valid data regarding this ethically and medically controversial and predominantly taboo-issue is scarce. In an effort to further explore this practice, we have collected information about hymenorrhaphy from the databases of two anonymous, medical, online counselling services provided by the University Hospital Zürich, and explicitly for teen-agers by the Children's Hospital Zürich. We found a sample of 22 questions from women seeking advice, and the results vividly illustrate the psycho-social dilemma these women face, prompting us to suggest that further ethical discussion, collection of empirical data and broad public education on issues related to sexuality are necessary.


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