Is it painful to have a hymenal tag removed?
I recently learned that the awkward bit of skin I've had on my vagina since my late teens is called a Hymenal tag. My gynecologist didn't seem too concerned about it but I don't like it at all and would like to have it removed. But I'm afraid it could be very painful. Has anybody here ever been through this procedure? Just how bad is it? I'm very sensitive to pain.
Researchers are not entirely sure what causes hymenal tags to develop. What can happen is that when the hymen breaks, remnants of the hymen can remain. The break can be caused by sex, tampon use, riding a horse, or cycling. Hymenal tags can also form after childbirth, as giving birth can further disrupt and tear the tissue.
Hymenal tags are often very small and present very few symptoms. The main symptom is irritation, which can arise if there is friction between the tag and underwear, or friction occurring during sexual intercourse. While there is no real medical necessity to remove hymenal tags, some women choose to do so to feel more confident and comfortable.
The hymenal tag removal procedure is straightforward and quick. It takes between 15 to 30 minutes on average and you can return home afterwards. During surgery your feet will most likely be placed in stirrups. The genital area will be cleaned and a local anesthetic injected. There may be a slight sensation when the needle is inserted. When the area is numb, the extra hymenal tissue will be cut from the skin with a sterile surgical tool. Bandages and dressings are not usually needed.
Following the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or very light bleeding from the surgical site, but should be able to resume normal activities almost immediately. The area can be kept clean with fragrance-free, natural soap and patted dry. Most doctors recommend that the patient wait a few days before resuming sex or tampon use, but may do both if they feel ready.
While everyone's pain threshold is different, most women find the procedure very tolerable. Those who do experience some mild pain take pain relief. I suggest you schedule an appointment with a well-trained cosmetic gynecologist who can answer any further questions you may have.
I’m so glad that I had my hymenal tags removed. I didn’t really care about how they looked because nobody but me knew that I had them, but they got swollen and painful. I couldn’t use tampons because they made the vaginal skin tags so much worse. But you’re worried about the procedure, so I’ll tell you that it’s super easy. The doctor gave me a sedative and honestly, I don’t remember much of the hymenal tag removal, but that’s a good thing, right? I healed completely in a couple of weeks. I was worried about the healing process, but I had no pain. I think you’re going to be okay.
I had this surgery done 4 weeks ago. I was put under. The surgery itself was easy. Afterward when the pain med wore off I only had a little discomfort, but I took an Ibuprofen and felt better. Walking was fine. It was going from a laying position to sitting up, or rolling over in bed that was uncomfortable. I had a little bit of blood for the first week, and got my period the 2nd week. After 3 weeks, I had sex with my man. Initially for the first week it was painful when he entered, but with lube it's better.