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Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens, and Mahmoud F. Fathalla

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241323.001.0001

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Hymen Reconstruction

Hymen Reconstruction

Chapter:
(p.298) 5 Hymen Reconstruction
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Reproductive Health and Human Rights
Author(s):

Rebecca J. Cook

Bernard M. Dickens

Mahmoud F. Fathalla

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241323.003.0012

This chapter analyzes the case of Ms D, an unmarried young woman who, at age sixteen, was raped by an invading soldier when military conflict engulfed her village. Ms D is now engaged to be married, and her prospective husband and his family expect his bride to be a virgin. Ms D asks Dr E to undertake hymen reconstruction so that her marriage will not be impaired. The chapter discusses what Dr E should do, taking account of medical, ethical, legal, and human rights considerations.

Keywords:   rape victims, hymen, virginity, sexual health, reproductive health

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