In this age, virginity seems like a thing of the past, and many people have doubts about your virginity status because of the belief that virginity = available hymen.
The importance placed on the hymen is very misplaced and most times unnecessary because there are many, many myths about the hymen that have long since been debunked.
Below, you’ll find some important knowledge you probably didn’t know about your hymen:
The hymen doesn’t necessarily break the first time you have sex
The hymen doesn’t always break the first time you have sex. In fact, even if it breaks, it doesn’t technically mean you’ve lost your virginity.
Regular activities can tear your hymen
That’s true! Sports activities like badminton, tennis, squash, cycling, long jump, acrobatics, can tear your hymen. Again, that doesn’t mean you have lost your virginity.
Not all women are born with it
Many women are actually not born with a hymen, and this is completely normal. There is nothing spiritual about it.
Your hymen is not the gate to your vagina
Contrary to popular belief, your hymen isn’t what stands between a penis entering your vagina.
They come in different sizes
Just like vaginas, hymens come in different shapes and sizes as well. Some hymens cover half the vagina, some cover the entire vagina and some are non-existent.
Your hymen is also elastic
When a penis enters the vagina for the first time, the hymen stretches along with the vagina. Hence, it means that it instead of tearing, like many people believe, it just stretches to accommodate the penis.
Masturbation can actually tear your hymen
If you masturbate and actually insert something into your vagina, then your hymen can actually break.
Your hymen can be restored
If you do not have sex in a while, your hymen can actually stretch back to its original position.
Even if it tears, it doesn’t necessarily go away
Oh yes, it means that your hymen is probably still inside you. It stretches and finds a place somewhere in the general vaginal area, and stays there for a very long time. Probably, your entire life.
It is actually hard to find a hymen
In the glorious chaos of flaps, labia and hair, your hymen can be quite tricky to point out. However, everybody is different and the size of your hymen is different as well.