What is a hymen
The hymen is a tissue like membrane found at the lower end of the vagina. It has an opening for the menstrual blood to flow out. The thickness of the hymen and the shape and size of the opening can vary.
Can doing sports tear the hymen?
Contrary to popular belief, athletics, riding bicycles, and swimming does not tear the hymen but it may get stretched. Introducing objects into the vagina to explore it is likely to stretch or tear the hymen.
Do all girls have a hymen?
Around 20-25% of girls are born without a hymen
Who is a virgin?
A virgin is simply a person who has not had sex. This includes girls and boys.
Does not having a hymen mean you are not a virgin?
The hymen usually tears during the first sexual intercourse and there may be a little pain and bleeding. In traditional societies such as Sri Lanka, bleeding at first sexual intercourse is taken to be proof that the girl is a virgin. Having an unbroken (intact) hymen indicates you are a virgin, but not having a hymen does not prove that you are not a virgin. Proof of virginity is not required from boys and there is no way to prove it either!
What is an imperforate hymen?
In some girls, there is no opening in the hymen at birth (imperforate hymen). A doctor will perform a simple operation to make an opening to allow the flow of menstrual blood at puberty.
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