Radio Netherlands Worldwide carries an article on surgical hymen reconstruction, following publication of research on the topic by members of Amsterdam hospitals. The article states that “in some Islamic and Hindu communities… an intact hymen is ultimate proof of pre-marital virginity”, prompting some women to undergo the surgery prior to marriage. The article notes the basis of the study as investigating “whether hymen reconstruction actually works” within this context and summarizes the researchers’ observation that hymenoplasty fails to produce bleeding during nuptial night intercourse.

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