Skip navigation! Story from Body. There are so many myths attached to the hymen — the thin membrane that surrounds the vaginal opening — that sometimes it's difficult to sort fact from fiction. If you believed them all, you'd think it "pops" the first time you have sex; that if yours isn't visible it means you've already had penetrative sex; that you're no longer a virgin if yours is "broken", to name just a few. At best, these misnomers are harmless — at worst, they perpetuate sexist notions of female virginity and leave women feeling baffled by- and detached from their own vaginas.
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A hymen is a thin layer of tissue that partially covers the opening of the vagina — partially not completely. After the menopause and due to the lack of estrogen however, the symptoms will take longer to resolve and will require treatment. The vaginal lining becomes thinner, drier and subsequently sore because of a condition called vaginal atrophy. And, while the average age of reaching the menopause is 51 years old, many women go through the change prematurely.
That's how I discovered I had a problem with my hymen. Warning: this article contains adult themes, and some external pages we've linked to contain anatomical images. Like most teens, I was a little nervous about using a tampon for the first time. I'd just got my period, right before a summer holiday where I'd been really looking forward to taking dips in the pool. How wrong I was.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional file 1. 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. 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. Ten electronic databases and other sources for articles published in English were systematically searched from database inception until January Studies reporting on the medical utility or impact on the examinee of virginity testing were included.