Thursday, January 19, 2012

The mysterious hymen

Happy new year my lovely readers!! Sorry for my absence, but I have been traveling here and there, seeing family and friends. Not to worry though, Lady Parts: The Manual is back and ready to go strong in 2012, providing you with fascinating information and latest news about your lady parts.

Thought I would start off the new year by dispelling an age old myth that has plagued women for centuries. I'm talking about the hymen, that cherry that supposedly pops during vaginal sex, leading to bleeding.

The hymen is a membrane, a really thin layer of tissue,  that partially covers your external vaginal opening, and forms part of the vulva. It is formed in the early stages of fetal development when there is no opening to the vagina at all, and usually divides incompletely 
before birth. In fact, some women are born without a hymen, as theirs has already totally divided.

And much like the rest of our lady parts, the hymen is completely different from one lady to the other. It may be thicker our thinner, pinkish or whitish, looking like rose petals, a carnation, a crescent, or a jigsaw puzzle. For most it is really elastic and stretchy.

About that age old test for virginity: you CANNOT determine whether someone is a virgin based on their hymen. Yup, total falseness.  The hymen can be separated for a variety of random reasons, like stretching during athletics (like if you were in gymnastics or the dance team), putting in a tampon, masturbating, or for no reason whatsoever. In fact, the vast majority of women DON'T bleed the first time they had sex. Some women have such stretchy hymens that they never break!

So there you have it, the low down on your hymen. Happy 2012!

1 comment :

  1. I was recently told by a physician that being born without a Hymen is a myth. I would like to know if the information you gathered here came from medical professionals, med. books etc. Because if so I have more research to do.


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