“Popping the cherry” is popular western slang for having sex for the first time, whereas the term cherry refers to hymen.

In most cultures, virginity is seen as a sign of purity and is highly valued. In some cultures, a woman’s virginity is seen as a gift to be given to her husband on their wedding night. In others, it is seen as a sign of respect and honor. Virginity is also seen as a way to preserve a woman’s chastity and modesty.

In certain cultures, after a wedding night, bedclothes are examined for bloodstains that are thought to demonstrate the bride’s virginity.

However, Dr. Leena Jain, an acclaimed plastic surgeon in Bandra, says that a broken hymen does not necessarily mean a woman has lost her virginity. Many factors can contribute to a torn hymen apart from sexual activity. It can be broken by activities such as tampon use, cycling, horse riding, swimming, or heavy exercises and by injury. 

Whether it is due to a sexual encounter or other rigorous activities, if you wish to repair your hymen, you could consider Dr. Leena Jain, a highly experienced plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in Mumbai.

What is a hymen?

A hymen is a thin membrane of tissue that partially covers the opening of the vagina. It is located just inside the vaginal opening. In some cultures, the hymen is considered a symbol of virginity. It is also known as the “cherry” or “maidenhead.”


Throughout history, it has been believed that the hymen ruptures or tears and bleeds the first time a girl has sexual intercourse, mainly if the intercourse is vigorous, however, it is not true. First intercourse may not cause any bleeding and this is completely normal. 

Dr. Leena Jain, an eminent Reconstructive Microsurgeon in Bandra, says it is high time people understand the facts of the hymen as there are many myths about it. 

  • The hymen can rupture through sexual intercourse, tampon use, or strenuous physical activity. 
  • When the hymen is ruptured, it can bleed, but not always. It may not bleed in some individuals. Also, the amount of bleeding varies from person to person.
  • The hymen may also be ruptured by medical procedures, such as a pelvic exam or gynecologic surgery.

Most people believe that the hymen is “proof” of virginity. However, the hymen can be ruptured without engaging in sexual intercourse.  Fortunately, a hymenoplasty procedure can restore your hymen to its original state, making it intact again.

What is hymenoplasty?

Hymenoplasty is a procedure to repair or reconstruct the hymen. The surgery aims to restore the intactness of the hymen to its original state and allow the person to have a “virgin-like” appearance. Hymenoplasty is also known as hymenorrhaphy or hymen reconstruction surgery.


If you are considering a hymenoplasty, consulting with an accomplished plastic surgeon like Dr. Leena Jain, who has experience performing this procedure, is essential. 

She will assess your individual needs and goals to determine which hymenoplasty procedure suits you.

What are the different hymenoplasty procedures?

The basic approach 

If some parts of your hymen are still present, they can be sewn back together. A local anesthetic or general anesthesia will be used. The surgeon will use dissolvable stitches to rejoin the damaged pieces. Hymenoplasty procedures are often performed as outpatient and surgical time lasts between 30 – 40 minutes.

Hymen reconstruction

During this hymenoplasty technique, the surgeon will use tissues from the vaginal wall to produce a new hymen. You must, however, refrain from sexual activity for at least 6 weeks to maintain the integrity of hymns.


What are the side effects of hymenoplasty surgery?

Hymenoplasty is a safe and effective procedure. Complications are rare but may include:

  • Post-operative bruising, discomfort, and swelling
  • Bleeding


Despite the breakthroughs and advancements in the scientific and medical world, many people still believe that an intact hymen is a sign of virginity. In fact, in many countries, families conduct a virginity test for brides on their wedding night.

Yes, your hymen is often broken during sexual intercourse, but it can also be damaged by other activities such as riding a bike, playing sports, or inserting a tampon. Some people believe the hymen is a “barrier” that needs to be “broken” to have sexual intercourse. This is not true. The hymen is just a thin membrane that can easily rupture.

However, what is important to understand is that virginity is a property that we all possess that cannot be stolen from us or lost; instead, it is a quality that we may choose to alter.

If you wish to reconstruct your hymen, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can set up an appointment with the top-notch reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Leena Jain, at one of the best plastic surgery clinics in Bandra, Mumbai.