The hymen is the stuff of legend and lore in many cultures, the treasured prize a woman gives her husband on their wedding night. People often do not know what it looks like or what really happens to it when virginity is lost. For example, some of my teen patients have questions about a partner male or female inserting a finger into a vagina. If a girl uses a tampon does that cause her to lose her virginity? If she falls off her bike, might that affect her hymen, and thus her virginity? Who loses their virginity to a bicycle? Well, it depends on how you define virginity, and what you know about hymens.
How do you know your hymen is broken if you have never gone to the gyno (I'm still a virgin)?
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The hymen is a piece of skin covering the vaginal opening in females. In about the 3 rd or 4 th month of pregnancy, the hymen in female fetuses begins to form. It remains intact until it is broken by most often sexual intercourse. It can also be broken by activity or the insertion of something into the vaginal canal. The hymen may stretch on its own or even rupture, during growth and development and be non-existent once a female reaches full-maturity.
12 Questions About Virginity and Your Hymen Answered by Doctors
If you have a vagina , your knowledge about the hymen probably starts and ends with something about virginity. Or so the theory goes. This thin membrane can tear from so many other things besides sexual intercourse. Some women may even be born without a hymen in the first place.
The hymen is a thin membrane covering the vaginal opening. It consists of a connective tissue as well as muscle fibers with blood vessels and nerve endings. The hymen is easy to detect.