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what is a hymenal ring and how/when does it break? is it possible for the ring to still be intact even if the hymen has already been broken?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes and no.: It is avestigeal membrane at the intritus. Can be perforated ( common), imperforated ( uncommon), elastic ( to accomodate penetration ), rigid ( obstructing penetration ). Usually ruptures with first penetration ( intercourse ), can cause bleeding ( so called proof of virginity ).
Dr. Gary Pitts
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Hymen = hymenal ring: The hymen and hymenal ring are synonymous so it isn't possible to have one be broken and the other intact.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

If you mastetbate with a dildo does it break your hymen?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Yes: Anything that penetrates the vagina must have gone through the hymen...Which is a then layer of skin on the outside of the vagina. Typically this is already broken long before puberty - from riding a bicycle, climbing a tree, etc.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Hi can I use poligynax virgo myself if I am virgin?Not hart hymen

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Is it true that a tampon can tear your hymen a little especially if its your first time trying one?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Why do people believe the state of the hymen determines virginity?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Historic,social and: Historic reasons. It is generally believed that a female with an intact hymen is still a virgin. This is vitally important in many cultures. There is a mistaken belief that a moman with an intact hymen is pure & has never engaged in any sex. Which ignores the fact that she may have engaged in anal or oral sex or mutual masturbation. Also a torn or ruptured hymen can be "repaired" so again a virgin.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can horseback rideing brake my hymen?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes it is possible: Unless your hymen is very thick.

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