Hymen repair surgery and virginity testing to be banned in UK
The government is planning on banning a cosmetic surgery called hymenoplasty across the UK.
It attempts to recreate a woman’s hymen, which in some cultures is linked to virginity, and has been described as a form of honour-based abuse.
The procedure will be criminalised, as will virginity testing.
Minister for Care and Mental Health Gillian Keegan said the government was “committed to safeguarding vulnerable women and girls in this country”.
Hymenoplasty is available in clinics and can cost up to £3,000.
The procedure recreates a thin membrane known as the hymen which partially covers the entrance to the vagina. It is often done as a way to “repair” a hymen.
But the World Health Organization (WHO) says “the appearance of a hymen is not a reliable indication of intercourse”.But the World Health Organization (WHO) says “the appearance of a hymen is not a reliable indication of intercourse”.