Facing cultural and religious pressure, women are turning to hymenoplasty surgery to give the illusion that they are virgins before marriage. The operation is particularly popular among Europe's Muslim population.
Many people might argue that there's a lot of pressure on today's youth to have sex - at least in the Western world. After all, young people are bombarded with suggestive advertising campaigns and tales of young celebrities gone wild every day. But for some girls and young women in countries around the world, the pressure is different: they're to remain virgins until marriage for cultural and religious reasons.
In these cases, the consequences of having premarital sex can include disownment and violence. A special surgery, however, can help women in such situations. Hymenoplasty, or "virginity surgery," as it's sometimes called, gives patients the physical appearance of being virgins.
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