How can I break someone's virginity

7 fascinating facts about the hymen (aka the cherry)

The hymen - the tiny lining of tissue that partially covers the vaginal opening - is practically synonymous with a number of lady-part myths: You're not a virgin if you've popped your "cherry"! You will bleed the first time you have sex! Do you remember those from back then?

Sigh. It's time to get the story straight. Here are the hymen facts you never knew you would need in your life:

1., The hymen does not completely cover your vagina
The "most normal" way the hymen presents itself is through thin tissue at the bottom of the vaginal opening, says Fahimeh Sasan, doctor of osteopathy, an ob-gyn at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. "When someone has tissue that covers the whole opening, it's called an unfinished hymen," she says. There are other similar abnormal variants where openings in the tissue are too small.

2., Abnormal hymen may require surgery
If your hymen is unfinished or separated (where there are two small holes in the tissue) you may need to have minor surgery, Sasan says. In fact, an unfinished hymen is actually a medical condition — you're getting your period but not having the physical discharge because it can't go through, she says. “In a really perforated hymen, a young woman can say‘ ‘I've never had a period, but I feel like I'm getting cramps. '” The minor surgery can fix the problem.

3., experts are unsure of its purpose
Your nose helps you smell, and you pee in your urethra — but the hymen doesn't seem to be serving a primary purpose. "Physiologically, it's there - but medically, it's like the foreskin of the penis: we're not sure why it's there," Sasan says.

4. It doesn't always break the first time you have sex
You heard that if you lose your virginity, you will also pop your cherry. "One of the big myths is that whether or not someone's hymen comes off is a sign of virginity," says Sasan. "That's not true." Why? Because there are other ways you can rip it apart besides sex. Rigorous exercise, gymnastics, horse riding, biking, using large tampons, manipulation with a finger, or a pelvic exam are all possible (but not surefire) ways to tear your hymen apart, she says.

5. You may not know when it will break
If you break your arm, you know when it happens — that's not always the case here, Sasan says. If the tissue tears during sex, intercourse may be painful and bleeding may occur, she explains. However, if the tear occurs while doing gymnastics or wearing large tampons, for example, you may not even be aware of it. “Someone could say, I bled after doing gymnastics, but I could only think it was from her day,” says Sasan.

6. Some cultures are still obsessed with it
Despite the fact that the hymen is not always a sign of virginity, some still treat intact tissues as a sign of purity. "In many cultures, the hymen has become a big deal," says Sasan. "People even check before a woman gets married to confirm that she is a virgin."

And while it is by no means common in the United States, Sasan says that literature on the subject shows that there is a method by which a doctor can recreate the hymen so that it appears "intact" for cultural purposes, perhaps to one To prove virginity to future husband.

7. Once it cracks, you never really deal with it again
Remember: the hymen is a very tiny fragment of tissue, says Sasan. And when you notice it breaks, it just goes to the side or slips off never to be treated again., "With a woman who had a baby, you can't even tell where it would have been," says you.

Cassie ShortsleeveFreelance WriterCassie Shortsleeve is a seasoned freelance writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience reporting on all things health, fitness, and travel.
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