Vagina

Does an intact #Hymen = Virginity?
Pictures - Images - structure, what it looks like  & Where is the Location from Medical Text Books & Website 

hymen picture britannica

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Why does the photo say hymen caruncle & not just hymen?  

Vagina - photo from wikipedia

Vulva with pubic hair removed and labia separated to show the opening of the vagina:

  1. Clitoral hood
  2. Clitoris
  3. Labia minora
  4. Urethral opening
  5. Vaginal opening - Hymen is around the vaginal opening - see photo's and diagrams below.
  6. Perineum
  7. Anus   Picture from wikipedia.org/Vagina
  8. How does the Zulu Tribe test Virginity for the Reed Dance?
  9. See pictures below for text book labeling of hymen location -  Britannica.com

    Photo from Bronson Health.com (documenting child sexual abuse)hymen-abuse-manual photo from bronson health

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  11. hymen picture from healthy strokes

    Picture from  Hymen - Healthy Strokes   visit their website for more

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    Hymen Photo's & Diagrams

    Grey Anatomy - Hymen

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    types of hymen from young women's health

  12. Photo from Young Women's Health.org 

  13. Photo courtesy of Britannica.com
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  14. side view vagina hymen clitoris
  15. Types of hymens Young Women's Health

    wikipedia.org/Vagina

    healthystrokes.com/hymen gallery

  16. Sideway's view 
  17. I've searched and searched for years and haven't found an authoritative picture of a hymen before and after sexual intercourse.   If you have an authoritative medical source, not porn, please post it below in comments - ask a question.

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    [alternate misspellings & slang terms virginal * virgina * pussy * hyman * vagina * vargina * vaginal]

How & Why this page was created

This page was originally created as I was taking a class on Jewish LawTalmudtractate Kesubos related to the laws of divorce and if the woman was a virgin at the time.  While I’ve been selling and consulting on health insurance for years, I’m not truly familiar with human anatomy.  I researched the hymen so that I would understate what the Jewish Talmud was saying about it.  Then when I went back to class a few weeks later, they went to a different topic – tractate as they said the divorce & virginity laws were too complex and not really relevant in the 21st century.

My point is,  I’m a Jewish Guy in the USA and not really qualified to answer questions about if one is a virgin in Africa or the Middle East, with a different culture and religion.  Heck, most of what I know about Africa is from watching Tarzan, with Johnny Weissmuller

Click here for summaries of the Jewish Talmud laws of virginity.  I don’t really know about the Jewish Law, let alone other cultures and religions.

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Wikipedia  Where in a rape case doctor’s found hymen intact, merely because doctors stated that partial penetration was possible, no such inference could be drawn in favor of the prosecution and the conviction in the rape case was set aside by the High Court.

Why #test for Virginity?

In the Middle Ages and biblical times virginity was a sought-after commodity, primarily because it was the surest method to guarantee paternity, inheritance, child support and estate planning.  Look how much trouble with child support, alimony and inheritance we have in California see links below. The only way to make absolutely sure that a child born to a marriage–a child who would inherit property from his father–is a legitimate heir was to bed a virgin bride. Thus a high value was placed on virginity, making it a commodity of sorts.  Check out the Zulu Tribe Virgin Reed dance

A unique feature of the vagina is that it comes hermetically sealed. For centuries, that seal, the hymen, has been the tangible proof of virginity.

An unbroken one that bleeds on the wedding night might prove virginity, but Secular 21st century science says that a broken one does mean a woman has had sexual intercourse and the Jewish Talmud goes into a lot of Q & A and discussion – Wood Injury on that.

An intact hymen, or virgo intacta, offers evidence to the male block of society (the clergy, the courts, the crown, fathers, and future husbands…all the ones who have assigned a high monetary value to virginity) that determined its presence.  The most obvious way to verify a woman’s virginity was to inspect the hymen.    History Undressed – Virginity Testing *

Bibliography, Resources & Links

History Undressed – Virginity Testing

#What is a Virgin?
How do I know if I’m a virgin or if a woman is a virgin?

#Definitions

Virginity mean that the person never engaged in sexual intercourse.

There are cultural and religious traditions like Traditional Judaism Talmud Summary – Old Testament  and the Zulu Tribe Virgin Reed Dance that does their own virginity testing to see if the woman qualifies. Some societies place special value and significance on this state, predominantly towards unmarried females, associated with notions of personal purity, honor and worth.

Like chastity, the concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence. The concept of virginity usually involves moral or religious issues and can have consequences in terms of social status and in interpersonal relationships. Although virginity has social implications and had significant legal implications in some societies in the past, it has no legal consequences in most societies today.

The term virgin originally only referred to sexually inexperienced women, but has evolved to encompass a range of definitions, as found in traditional, modern and ethical concepts.  Heterosexual individuals may or may not consider loss of virginity to occur only through penile-vaginal penetration, The social implications of virginity still remain in many societies and can have varying effects on an individual’s social agency based upon location.   See links, resources & bibliography below.

What is the #Definition of the Hymen

This #stretchy skin – Hymen (explicit textbook photos) covers the opening of the vagina. In slang, it’s called a ”cherry” that can be ”popped” or torn when a girl loses her virginity. The hymen, however, can also be broken by being active, sports, horseback riding, etc.

The hymen is a membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It forms part of the vulva, or external genitalia, and is similar in structure to the vagina. In children, although a common appearance of the hymen is crescent-shaped, many shapes are possible.

The effects of sexual intercourse and childbirth on the hymen are variable. If the hymen is sufficiently elastic, it may return to nearly its original condition. In other cases, there may be remnants (carunculae myrtiformes), or it may appear completely absent after repeated penetration. Additionally, the hymen may be lacerated by disease, injury, medical examination, masturbation or physical exercise. For these reasons, the state of the hymen is not a conclusive indicator of virginity. Learn More see links below

Virginity for women in some cultures & religions may be defined as having an intact “hymen.”

The hymen is located about a half-inch inside the vagina. Not all girls are born with hymens, which makes this definition of virginity somewhat misleading.

Penetrated Sexually

Another definition of a virgin is a girl whose vagina has not been penetrated sexually. The problem with this definition is that there are different ways of penetration and definitions of “sex.”

For instance, one person might think that any penetration of the vagina equals sexual intercourse. * Other people restrict the definition of “sex” to penetration by the penis.

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  • Virginity testing:  a systematic review by USA National Institute of Health

    • So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse.
      • How the Zulu tribe determines an intact hymen.
      • Wikipedia -two finger test – tests for laxity of vaginal muscles with fingers (the “two-finger test”). A doctor performs the test by inserting a finger into the female’s vagina to check the level of vaginal laxity, which is used to determine if she is “habituated to sexual intercourse”
        • However, the usefulness of these criteria has been questioned by medical authorities and opponents of virginity testing because vaginal laxity and the absence of a hymen can both be caused by other factors, and the “two-finger test” is based on subjective observation
        • India Supreme Court in 2013 banned the test for rape victims – Read More >> Hindustan Times.com * This looks like it might be the India Supreme Court Actual Decision
        • Indonesian Army ends the two finger test 2021 Read More>>> Insider.com 
    • This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee.
  • Conclusions
    • Despite the lack of evidence of medical utility and the potential harms, health professionals in multiple settings continue to practice virginity testing, including when assessing for sexual assault. health professionals must be better informed and medical and other textbooks updated to reflect current medical knowledge. Countries should review their policies and move towards a banning of virginity testing.
    • Our review found that virginity testing is not good at detecting who has not had sexual intercourse, and that it can hurt the person being tested – physically, mentally, and socially. Our hope is to make more people and countries aware of this to prevent harm to women and girls.  USA National Institute of Health *

#Arguments Against

Secular 

 

Religious Rules

Judaism

Wood Injury

Zulu Tribe Reed Dance Testing

 

guttmacher.org/female-circumcision 

What countries & Societies in the 21st Century do Virginity Tests? 

  • Tajikistan
  • India
    • Virginity is like a first virtue demanded from unmarried females in India. It is expected that a girl shouldn’t have taken part intercourse before her marriage.
    • India, the medical test of a girl used to be conducted post her rape? The two-finger test – the most ‘tested’ and ‘scientifically proved’ method was adopted in the largest democratic country in the world for years. In this, a doctor inserts two fingers inside her vagina – to check whether the hymen is broken or not – if it is broken – if the fingers of doctor penetrate easily inside the vagina of female, it is deemed that rape survivor is habitual of sexual intercourse, and vice verse if the fingers don’t penetrate easily.
    • rapes where hymen of a female is kept intact intentionally (I learned something like this in Jewish Talmud)
    • The most important part is – we consider a girl virgin only if her hymen is intact. Let me say something that looks harsh – we consider a girl pure only if, in the morning after the first night, the bedsheet has red spots – coloured from the blood that flourished from ‘pure’ vagina of the bride. If there isn’t blood – she isn’t virgin.  youth kiawaaz.com/need-a-virgin-wife–hymen 
    • It is interesting to see that modern India has arguably the most conservative approach towards virginity.
    • Virginity is seen as directly linked to moral values and principles, with several instances of “virginity tests” of women being conducted in various parts of India cropping up in the news. Matrimonial ads have also been known to explicitly state that the bride being sought MUST be a virgin. edtimes.in/the-history-of-the-concept-of-virginity-in-india-and-what-makes-it-such-a-big-deal-today/
    • she the people.tv/virgin-brides-indian-mens-obsession-female-chastity/
  • Honor Killing

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  • Can you break the hymen – are you still a virgin if you masterbate?
    • While you might break the hymen, you haven’t had sexual intercourse.  You might not have proof acceptable for biblical or medieval times, but is the question having had intercourse or having a membrane that modern science doesn’t agree with?
      • (Young Women’s Health * ucsb.edu * netdoctor.co.uk * enkirelations.com * Psychology Today *
      • Rewire News   In medical reference books, we won’t find a definition of virginity like we’ll find for dermatitis or a given nerve or muscle, because virginity is neither a medical condition nor is it anatomical (a body part).
      • The hymen — now called the corona — is folds of thin, flexible membrane just inside the vaginal opening most female-bodied people have at birth. It gradually wears away over time through puberty and adulthood (through our normal vaginal discharges, menstruation, because of hormones, physical activity and yes, also with vaginal sexual activities), with or without any kind of sex
      • Most female-bodied people who have started menstruating and been through some of the process of puberty will not have fully intact hymens anymore, even if they have not had any kind of sex OR masturbated.
      • Our Bodies OurSelves
        • The vaginal corona may tear or thin out during exercise, masturbation or tampon use, or during other forms of vaginal penetration. Because of this, no one can look at a vaginal corona and know whether a person has had vaginal intercourse, or even whether she has masturbated.
      • some say the hymen can be broken by masturbation, some say no?.
      • Since the vaginal corona isn’t a brittle membrane, the sensation when you first stretch out the mucous tissue folds — whether you’re inserting a tampon, masturbating, or having insertive sex — is a highly individual experience.
      • “The mythical status of the hymen has caused far too much harm for far too long,” and the hymen has wrongly been “portrayed as the boundary between guilt and innocence.”
    • In your culture and religion, what defines virginity? An intact hymen or must there be sexual penetration by a male penis?
  • Can a seven year old break her hymen  lose her virginity from fingering herself
    • Yes she can break her hymen
    • The Facts: Most people agree that guys and girls lose their virginity the first time they have sex with another person. Even if a girl stretches her hymen masturbating, if she hasn’t had sex play with someone else, she is still a virginteensource.org/masturbation
  • There are a number of things that can cause your hymen to tear or wear down. Certain physical activities and sports, for example, can stretch the membrane and cause it to thin.  This includes:
    • horseback riding
    • riding bicycles
    • climbing trees or jungle gyms
    • playing on obstacle courses
    • gymnastics
    • dancing
      • It’s also important to remember that not all vaginal penetration is sex!
      • Your hymen may also wear down during nonsexual forms of penetration, such as:
        • inserting tampons or menstrual cups
        • getting a Pap smear
        • getting a transvaginal ultrasound
        • Sometimes the hymen bleeds when it tears. The amount of blood will vary from person to person.
    • It’s also possible that you won’t bleed when your hymen tears, just as it’s possible that you won’t bleed the first time you have vaginal sex. Many people don’t. health line.com/#other-activities-cause-tearing
  • Can I lose my virginity by inserting a tampon?
    • No. Virginity is not something physical or medical. It’s a cultural idea, about which many people have different definitions and opinions. Concepts of virginity are sometimes linked with the idea that your vaginal opening is covered by a membrane, often referred to as the hymen, that is “broken” by vaginal sex.
    • The vaginal corona (also known as the hymen) consists of thin folds of mucous tissue located 1–2 centimeters just inside the vaginal opening (1). Anna Knöfel Magnusson of the RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) wrote about it in the booklet Vaginal Corona: Myths surrounding virginity:
    • “Every corona looks different, and differs in size, colour and shape. It is slightly pink, almost transparent, and may resemble the petals of a flower, a jigsaw piece or a half-moon. In the vast majority of cases, it is elastic and stretchy. Very rarely, the mucous tissue folds may cover the entire vaginal opening. In that case, it might be necessary to see a gynecologist and have the vaginal corona opened to release menstrual blood, to enable insertion of a tampon or penetrative sex.” —Anna Knöfel, Vaginal Corona: Myths surrounding virginity
    • The vaginal corona can be gradually diminished by basic daily physical activity, not just by inserting things (like tampons, menstrual cups, toys, or fingers) into the vagina. The hormonal changes that occur as people mature through puberty can also change the shape and flexibility of the vaginal corona (2).
    • Regardless of whether you use tampons or not, your vaginal corona (if you had one to begin with) will wear away over time. The anatomy and purpose of the vaginal corona is not very well understood, and more research is needed. https://helloclue.com/articles/culture/tampons-questions-and-misconceptions

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50 comments on “Hymen – Virginity?

  1. Girl feel pain after first time sex?

    If first time penis goes easily in vegina [vagina] cay say already have been got sex.

  2. I have 2 childerns for normal delivery 2 person sex do my heman so long so wide what is truth i chek my pussy total open plz sent details

    [I’ve given birth to 2 children by vaginal delivery. The children were conceived through sexual intercourse. I checked my vagina and my hymen is now very long and wide it’s totally open.

    What condition should my hymen be in?]

  3. Wow, I found this very educative , I wish every man can can read this to get educated that a woman’s virginity can not only be proved when there’s blood spilled after sex as other factors can also break the hymen asides sexual intercourse.

    Also have heard of a marriage that scattered coz, the husband did not find any blood stain after having sex with the wife claiming that the wife has deceived him all along saying she was a virgin, well, the wife in the other hand still insisted she was a virgin.
    Probably, the wife was saying the truth 😭😭😭😭

  4. So the only best ways to test virginity is through

    lie detection,
    seeing your child already pregnant,
    counting the pads each time the menstural week comes around,
    examining virginal canal for foreign DNA and measuring male’s sperm quantity in the epididymis?

    Or just the secret remains between the person who did the act and a deity, the deity will be the final judge right?

    The future marriage partner of the person will know nothing of the secret engraved in the consciousness of the non virgin partner who was in a rush to sex (that destroyed the marriage vow faithfulness). Moreover, a secret of a past rape or incest unintentional will be in the bedroom, A secret liberated by sharing and understanding between parties.

    Romans 1:25 Intelligent Designer knows the secrets.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabbatarianism

  5. I have married just 3 Day’s before and trying for intercourse from last two days as I’m not experience for this and while I’m going to enter my penis to vagina I faced difficulty for this that means I can’t enter my penis as my penis is normal size.

    Please suggest me the proper ways for doing doing this.

    Thanks.

    • It really depends on your culture, religion and personal beliefs, that is, the definition of virginity and sexual intercourse.

      Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse.

      Sexual intercourse (or coitus or copulation) is sexual activity typically involving the insertion and thrusting of the penis into the vagina for sexual pleasure, reproduction, or both.[1] This is also known as vaginal intercourse or vaginal sex.

      Other forms of penetrative sexual intercourse include anal sex (penetration of the anus by the penis), oral sex (penetration of the mouth by the penis or oral penetration of the female genitalia), fingering (sexual penetration by the fingers), and penetration by use of a dildo (especially a strap-on dildo).[4][5] These activities involve physical intimacy between two or more individuals and are usually used among humans solely for physical or emotional pleasure and can contribute to human bonding.

      There are different views on what constitutes sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, which can impact on views on sexual health. Although sexual intercourse, particularly the variant coitus, generally denotes penile–vaginal penetration and the possibility of creating offspring, it also commonly denotes penetrative oral sex and penile–anal sex, especially the latter. It usually encompasses sexual penetration, while non-penetrative sex has been labeled “outercourse”,[9] but non-penetrative sex may also be considered sexual intercourse.[4][10] Sex, often a shorthand for sexual intercourse, can mean any form of sexual activity. Because people can be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections during these activities, safer sex practices are recommended by health professionals to reduce transmission risk.
      wikipedia.org/Sexual_intercourse

      Jewish Talmud in tractate Kesubos goes into the definitions extensively.

      What definitions and culture apply to you?

  6. I’ve attached a picture of my genitalia showing the hymen and surrounding area.

    Is my hymen intact? Am I a virgin.

  7. One day i visited my boyfriend and we removed all our clothes off, then he take his penis and he go just around my vagina but it doesn’t bleed.

    Did i lost my virginity or not?

  8. my Virginia [Vagina – hymen] has a hole in it a Small hole ..but i don’t know why because I have never had sex before does it mean I broke my hymen

  9. Hi doctor

    One day i visited my boyfriend and we removed all our clothes and he put his penis around my virgina [vagina] but it doesn’t bleed….

    Did i lose my virginity or not?

  10. Hi doctor,

    My boyfriend tried to have intercourse with me, but I pushed him back because I don’t want to do this before our wedding. He tried to push anyway. There was a little spot of blood a single drop.

    I tried to check my hymen and my finger doesn’t go inside. There is just a small cut on upper part of hymen but it doesn’t go deep.

    Please tell me will I bleed next time?

  11. Last Sunday I went to my boyfriends apartment and he fingered [masterbation] me.

    I felt no pain at that time. When I got home I peed [urinated] and when I was wiping I saw blood. I then took a shower and boom I was on my period [menstruation]. Was my virginity – hymen stretched, torn, broken or something even though I felt no pain?

    • The hymen is basically like a very thin piece to skin or tissue that covers the OUTSIDE of the vagina‘s entrance. Or just part of the entrance. If you still have one, you can probably easily see it with a small mirror.

      Both menstrual cups and tampons can break the hymen, but it really depends what kind of hymen you have, and if you even have one at all! Some people were born without one. Others have already torn it with certain sports or other activities.

      Many people are confused about the importance of the hymen. They think that a “virgin” is supposed to have a hymen. Or that if you break your hymen, you are no longer a virgin. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Again, some people are born without a hymen, or break/tear it by accident while doing normal, non-sexual activities. For example, the hymen can be torn or broken by horse back riding, riding a bike, dancing, bending and stretching, falling down too hard, gymnastics and other sports, self exploration, doctor exams, and using tampons.

      Another fact, is that some hymens are very thick and tough– even with the above activities, and sometimes even with sexual experience, it still won’t break or tear all the way! This is a bit rare, but it certainly does happen.

      Its difficult to say this in a delicate way, but here is the truth– as long as a girl/woman has never had penetrative sexual intercourse (vaginally) with another person– she is still a virgin. Plain and simple. So don’t worry, using a tampon or a cup cannot take away virginity.

      Some countries, religions, or cultures put A LOT of value on the hymen, and directly relate it to whether or not someone is a virgin. However, because of all the above facts, the condition of the hymen simply IS NOT an accurate way to prove or disprove virginity.

      Here is a drawing example of the different types of hymens:
      In Order from left to right: Click here to view and scroll down

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