Please, dear god, PLEASE let 2k15 be the year everyone learns that the hymen is not a magical solid barrier halfway up the birth canal to be rent through and torn asunder by the mighty penis in a shower of blood and virginity. Unlike Tupperware, the cervix does not come with a lid. Pass it on. Hymens are built differently. Some can, with tender care and slow sensitive lovemaking, gently stretch open. Bodies are really diverse. It is in fact not true! However you should go to the gynecologist because you are sexually active to get a routine checkup.
Types of Hymens
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Hymen: a thin membrane that surrounds the opening to the vagina. Hymens can come in different shapes. The most common hymen in young girls is shaped like a half moon. Imperforate hymen: An imperforate hymen can be diagnosed at birth.
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The reality is that there are a handful of kinds of hymens, some of which are shown here Kelly, , p. These terms are often used interchangeably; they refer to a hymen that partially blocks the vaginal opening Blank, , p. People with these hymens can usually menstruate through them and therefore may not be aware of the situation in their hymen until their vagina is attempted to be penetrated in some form of sexual intercourse. This is the most common type of hymen and does not cause much trouble for the individual. A ring of tissue surrounds the vaginal opening, but lets vaginal secretions including menstrual blood out and sexual penetrating objects in Blank, , p. This renders menstruation and sexual intercourse impossible. It is surgically remedied. Blank, , p. Hymens are pretty silly, honestly. No one knows their biological function, or if there ever was one.
According to Columbia University , the hymen is a thin membrane that only partially blocks the vaginal opening — if a woman is born with one at all. P lenty of activities other than sex can stretch or damage the hymen, including exercise or inserting a tampon. The hymen is more correctly refered to as the vaginal corona, and is a sort of scrunchy-like rim of skin folds about an inch into the vagina. If it does cover the whole vagina a doctor will have to go in and cut it open to let menstrual blood flow. What is more likely to happen is that it gets leasions or a small part may rupture which can lead to some minor bleeding.