The myths about the hymen
Perhaps you have, like many others, grown up believing that the hymen is a seal that bursts or breaks when you have sexual intercourse for the first time.
However, this is a widespread misunderstanding.
Contrary to what many believe, the hymen is not a ‘seal’ inside the vagina that is punctured when having sex.
If that was the case, girls wouldn’t be able to menstruate before they lose their virginity because there wouldn’t be an outlet for the menstrual flow.
In fact, the hymen is a thin piece of tissue that fully or partially covers the vagina – some girls are born without one completely.
The hymen is gradually worn away with time by doing sports, riding a bike, self-exploration, doctor exams or using a tampon or menstrual cup.
In some countries, cultures and religions a lot of value is put on the state of the hymen, and it’s directly connected to someone’s virginity.
However, this is not a truthful way to prove or disprove virginity.
Being a virgin is, by medical standards, not defined by the state of your hymen; you remain a virgin until you participate in penetrative sexual intercourse.