Hymen – Virginity?
Definitions – Pictures 

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.  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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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


Hymen Photo’s & Diagrams


Hymen - Grays Anatomy
Hymen – Grays Anatomy


hymen in various states
Types of hymens – click to view
Hymen photo
Vagina - Vulva
Vulva – Vagina
Hymen - Women's Anatomy
Hymen – Women’s Anatomy – Click to enlarge and view on Web MD
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13 comments on “Hymen – Photo’s Diagrams

  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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?

    • First of all, I’m not a doctor. I was in a class studying Jewish virginity laws & customs and was confused on exactly what the hymen was. I did the research and created this page for the public and myself as a study aid. The next time I went to class, they went to another tractate of Talmud as the Rabbi and other students said the one on marriage laws related to virginity were too complex.

      I don’t know if you actually broke your hymen or not. See the reply to anonymous below. You might also try tel a doc.com where you can talk to a doctor for a fee via video conference. I’m not sure you’ll get a gynecologist, but it might be worth a try.

  4. 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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