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What is a hymen?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
It's the border: It's where the vagina meets the vulva, and can be seen by girls and teens using a mirror. Young women may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, or no hymen at all, as long as mucus or menstrual blood can flow through.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Door with opening: The hymen is usually a thin layer of tissue with a central window/opening. It is like a door to the vagina with an opening to let menstrual flow exit. A few women are born without one or loose it in non-sexual events in childhood.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Between in / outside: Hymen is the border between a vagina's inside and the outside vulva. Only in cases of alleged sexual assault upon girls and women do we physicians engage in the careful examination of hymens, collecting evidence of physical damage to be used later in courts of law. In normal everyday life, people should not be "checking hymens" nor thinking about whether they are big, small, broken, or not broken.

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What are the types of hymen?

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Dr. Ricardo Estape
Gynecologic Oncology 30 years experience
See Below: There are only really 2 types of hymen, perforate (open) and imperforate (closed). The perforate hymen can come in different types of opening (slit, septum or microperoforate). Which means that they are partially open. If you are seeing your periods, then it is perforate. Once you have intercourse, most hymens will tear to become normal.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if I do not have a hymen but i'm a virgin, why?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: Some women are born with no hymen, a limited wide shelf like hymen or lose it through childhood trauma, self sex, or other event.

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