Is it painful to have a hymenal tag removed?

Tags: woman age 35-44 genitalia pain removal hymenal tag

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.


F, 37, Pennsylvania

I just got mine removed yesterday. The numbing shots burn, but you can't feel it during. It will also hurt all day after, but after that, you're fine.

If the tag is causing pain then get it taken care of — but most hymenal tags don't cause any pain or discomfort, and have no medical significance. 

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.

how much was it?

This procedure should not be one that causes pain or discomfort. There is actually no reason to use anesthesia during this procedure, as it only adds extra time, risks, and hassle. This is an outpatient procedure that a well-trained cosmetic gynecologist should be able to routinely perform in their office with local anesthesia. I would not consider this to be any more painful than a simple dermatological skin removal that requires a minimal amount of pain medicine once the numbing wears off and heals rather quickly.

Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear that! My bestie in the whole wide world had the same exact problem. She had to have hers removed because sex was just too painful for her. She said even lubes couldn't make it bearable. She went to her gyno and found out that she had hymenal tags. She didn't have a clue what to expect so she invited me down for the week of her surgery lol. She wanted some moral support and possible help afterwards if it was too painful.

I won't lie to you - the first couple of days she was pretty out of it. She's sensitive to pain, as well. But now we can swap 'stories' and it's fun. In fact, she's finally pregnant after two years of marriage! So is it painful? I would say so. But is it worth it? Definitely!