Does an intact #Hymen = Virginity? 

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Hebrew Bible & Talmud on Virginity and Marriage

What is a Virgin?

Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse.[1][2] There are cultural and religious traditions that 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.[3][4] 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.[3][5][6][7] Heterosexual individuals may or may not consider loss of virginity to occur only through penile-vaginal penetration,[3][6][8][9] while people of other sexual orientations often include oral sexanal sex or mutual masturbation in their definitions of losing one’s virginity.[3][7][10] The social implications of virginity still remain in many societies and can have varying effects on an individual’s social agency based upon location.   Wikipedia  *

Hymen #Definition

This #stretchy skin – Hymen 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.

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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.[1][2] In children, although a common appearance of the hymen is crescent-shaped, many shapes are possible.[1]

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.[3] 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.[2][3]   Learn More Wikipedia

Intact Hymen

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. wikipedia

Other people restrict the definition of “sex” to penetration by the penis.

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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 thJe Jewish Law, let alone other cultures and religions.

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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.

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.


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 * test

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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.

Honor Killings

An honor killing or shame killing[1] is the murder of a member of a family, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family, or has violated the principles of a community or a religion, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their family, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, engaging in non-heterosexual relations or renouncing a faith.[2][3][4][5][6]

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The Palestinian Authority, using a clause in the Jordanian penal code still in effect in the West Bank, exempts men from punishment for killing a female relative if she has brought dishonor to the family.[174]Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, issued a decree in May 2014 under which the exemption of men was abolished in cases of honor killings.[175] According to UNICEF estimates in 1999, two-thirds of all murders in the Palestinian territories were likely honor killings.[168] The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights has reported 29 women were killed 2007–2010, whereas 13 women were killed in 2011 and 12 in the first seven months of 2012.[176] According to a PA Ministry of Women’s Affairs report[177] the rate of ‘Honor Killings’ went up by 100% in 2013, “reporting the number of ‘honor killing’ victims for 2013 at 27”.[178] In 2005, 22-year-old Faten Habash, a Christian from West Bank, was said to have dishonored her family by falling for a young Muslim man, Samer. Following their thwarted attempts to elope to Jordan, she suffered her relatives’ wrath after rejecting the options of either marrying her cousin or becoming a nun in Rome. She had spent a period of time in hospital recovering from a broken pelvis and various other injuries caused by an earlier beating by her father and other family members. Still fearing her family after her release from hospital, she approached a powerful Bedouin tribe, which took her under its care. Her father then wept and gave his word that he would not harm her. She returned to him, only to be bludgeoned to death with an iron bar days later.[179]


Palestinian Men still allowed to rape their wives…

The Israeli military is seeking to repeal Jordanian legal provisions that permit Palestinian men to rape their wives – old legislation that has remained in force in the West Bank under the jurisdiction of Israel’s military legal system. Read more 


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48 comments on “Hymen – Virginity?

  1. Am having a doubt with the way my virginal [hymen] looks like and I have not had any sex before please can I get a better picture of it

  2. 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 😭😭😭😭

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


    • Yes.

      The Myth: A girl will lose her virginity from masturbating.

      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 virgin.


      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
      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.

      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.


    • 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.[1][2]

      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.[2][3]

      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.[4][6]

      There are different views on what constitutes sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, which can impact on views on sexual health.[7] Although sexual intercourse, particularly the variant coitus, generally denotes penile–vaginal penetration and the possibility of creating offspring,[1] it also commonly denotes penetrative oral sex and penile–anal sex, especially the latter.[8] 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.[7] 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.[11][12]

      Jewish Talmud in tractate Kesubos goes into the definitions extensively. What definitions and culture apply to you?

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

    Is my hymen intact? Am I a virgin.

    • First off, I’m not a doctor or ordained clergy.

      Some say the hymen can be broken by masturbation, some say no?. (Young Women’s Health * * * * Psychology Today *

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      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.


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      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.

      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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

    • I’m not qualified to answer your question. IMHO having your period has nothing to do with your sexual activity. Check with a gynecologist. As far as if manual stimulation of female genitalia counts as losing your virginity in your religion, culture or ethnic group, check with a qualified Iman, Rabbi or other clergy.

      Here’s more information on Jewish Laws on the definition of virginity. Zulu Law

    • 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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