Despacho da Reuters informa que há aumento de himenoplastia entre as muçulmanas francesas para não desapontar o noivo. Pois é, a medicina faz de tudo. Reportagem completa, clicando no título do post.
Muslim women in France regain virginity in clinics Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:49pm ET By Alexandra Steigrad PARIS (Reuters) -- Sitting in a cafe near the Champs Elysees, the 26-year-old French-born woman of Algerian descent looks like any other arisian. But two months ago, she did something none of her friends have done. She had her hymen re-sewn, technically making her a rgin again. "I'm glad I had it done," said the woman, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. "I wanted to reconstruct part of my life, to reconstruct myself so that I could feel better about myself." This 30-minute outpatient procedure, called "hymenoplasty" and costing etween 1,500 and 3,000 euros ($2,000-$4,000), is increasingly popular among young women of North African descent in France. No exact figures exist to say how many such operations are done, but the woman's surgeon says he gets three to five queries and performs one to three hymenoplasties each week. Demand has been rising for the past three or four years. Doctor Marc Abecassis, whose office is near the chic Champs Elysees, sees the rise in religion among France's five million Muslims fuelling this trend. His patients are between 18 and 45 years old, Muslim, born both in France and in North Africa. "Many of my patients are caught between two worlds," said Abecassis. They have had sex already but are expected to be virgins at marriage according to a custom that he called "cultural and traditional, with enormous family pressure