It is possible to have a small procedure to open the scar and this is often called a reversal or de-infibulation. This is done in a specialist clinic usually with a local anaesthetic which is an injection which will numb the area so the nurse, doctor or midwife can open the scar. The skin will be stitched at either side of the scar to keep it from healing together again and you will usually heal very quickly. The stitches will dissolve and you will not need to have them removed.
You may not want your family to know you are considering this and the specialist will understand and respect your need for confidentiality.
It may be important for you to talk through your feelings before you decide to have this done. This small operation is often called a reversal and that can be confusing because it does not mean that any tissue that has been removed can be replaced. You will certainly be able to pass urine much more quickly and that can sometimes be a surprise. You have been used to your body being this way for a long time and once the reversal is done you may need to get used to it being different. Your body will look changed but most girls and women soon get used to this as their symptoms improve quickly.
It is often helpful to talk this through and all the staff at the specialist clinics will understand your concerns.
What if I don’t speak much English?
Do not worry about this. All health services should provide you with a professional interpreter who will be present at your appointment to help you. The interpreter usually needs to be booked in advance so it would help if you can make them aware when the appointment is booked.
If you need to go urgently to any professional service they will have access to telephone interpreting or you can take someone you trust who speaks English to help you in an emergency.
If you are worried about any aspect of your health do not be afraid to talk a health professional. Daughters of Eve will be able to provide you with details of specialist services if they are available in your area.