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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you let me know how many fingers should you insert to know if your hymen is broken?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
No way to test: There is not sure-fire test to determine if a woman has had sexual intercourse. The hymen is a thin ring of tissue that is very stretchy. It doesn't always "break" when first intercourse occurs.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Does inserting 1 finger indicate that the hymen is broken?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Nor does a hymen mean someone is a virgin.Some women are born with no recognizable hymen or lose it to non sexual events in childhood.They can also participate in sexual activities that avoid the vagina but have the same risk of STI's & qualifies as partner sex. The opening or openings in a natural hymen vary in size and it could have no opening at all, leading to complications.

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Last updated Apr 13, 2013

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