What is Hymen? ~ Life Is Great

Saturday, December 02, 2006

What is Hymen?

A hymen is the thin piece of tissue that partially blocks the entrance to
the vagina. It is sometimes called the maidenhead or cherry. It is named
after the Greek god of marriage and has no known biological function.
Although some women are born without a hymen, most have one, and the hymen
varies in size and shape from woman to woman. The hymen usually does not
cover the entire vaginal opening, since there must be some way for the
menstrual fluid, or period, to leave the body.
The hymen has historically been a marker of a woman's virginity. The belief
that since the hymen blocked the vaginal opening, it should remain intact as
long as a woman did not have sexual intercourse was widely propagated,
especially in cultures where a woman's virginity was highly valued. If an
unmarried woman's hymen was found to be separated, grave consequences could
result, depending on each culture's customs. In some Australian tribes it is
the custom for a specially appointed older woman to perforate the hymen of a
bride one week before her marriage. If it is found that the hymen has
already separated from the vaginal walls prior to this ritual, the woman is
subject to public humiliation, torture, and sometimes death.
But it is scientific fact that the hymen can be separated for reasons quite
unconnected to sexual intercourse. It can separate when the body is
stretched strenuously, as in athletics; it can be separated by inserting a
tampon during menstruation or through masturbation; and sometimes it is
separated for no apparent reason. A separated hymen is not an indication of
having had intercourse, nor can it prove a loss of virginity. In fact, some
women must have their hymen surgically removed before the birth of their
first child because it is so flexible or small that it remains intact during
intercourse.
When the hymen is separated, whether during first intercourse or at some
other time, there may be some slight bleeding and a little pain. Both the
bleeding and the pain are quite normal and both usually stop after a short
time. Some women experience no discomfort at all during this process that is
commonly referred to as "losing your cherry".
It is important to remember that a woman can become pregnant even if her
hymen is intact and no penis has entered her vagina. If sperm comes in
contact with the labia or general vaginal area, it can move through the
opening in the vagina and possibly lead to a pregnancy. An intact hymen
should not be considered a form of birth control.
As with most information on sexuality, a woman learns about her hymen in
many ways, but rarely from parents, physicians or informed adults in a
supportive and sensitive manner. Rather, it seems that women learn about the
hymen in ways that promote anxiety and uncertainty about their own bodies
and behaviors. Knowing the facts about the hymen can help women dispel the
myth that it proves virginity, freeing them from the negative effects of
popular mythology. Having accurate information about the hymen can assist in
normalizing a woman's fears about her body and help promote greater
self-acceptance.

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Anonymous said...

what is hymen for anyway?

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Can hymen layer regenerate?

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Anonymous said...

Ya, what is a hymen for?

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Anonymous said...

I am a virgin or was'n:( i told my stupid boyfriend to stop but wouldnt stop so i dont know if he broke my hymen cuz it dont hurt please help i feel so ignorant

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I'm a virgin to is it painful when ur hymen breaks

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