The hymenoplasty procedure involves the reconstruction of the hymenal ring. This procedure is performed to make the patient appear virginal. There are certain cultures and religious beliefs that place importance of virginal status at the time of marriage. It is not an effective procedure for a woman who has given childbirth. In those who have never been pregnant, precise incisions are made into the skin remnants of the hymeneal ring to bring them into close approximation to allow delicate sutures to hold the tissues in place. After the healing process, the goal is for the woman to notice bleeding during sexual intercourse when this ring is stretched.