4:03 pm - 07/28/2004

I learned something new about hymens.

Honestly..I feel as if I've been fed lies all my life. Grr. But of course even though this sounds more pleasant is it true?

"Almost all infant girls are born with an open hymen, which remains open throughout their lives. In fact only a VERY FEW female infants are born with an "intact" hymen, that is, the hymen actually covers the vaginal opening. But even in these cases, the hymen generally opens on its own before puberty. This is the source of many myths about virginity, and about how the penis must "break" the hymen of a virgin.

Fortunately, the intact hymen is extremely rare by the time a girl reaches puberty, and is considered an abnormality because it will not allow a normal menses. At menarche (when periods begin), menstrual fluid backs up behind the intact hymen and cannot flow out. This condition is very uncomfortable and requires a minor surgical procedure to open the hymen. So if you have normal menstrual flow, you have a normal, open, hymen."

~Taken from the Instead Softcup website that I was surfing after just discovering about the softcup.

So how true is it? Cause if it is..then why do docters and all still wonder about the hymen? It's supposed to simply be open. Ugh..and all that being broken crap.
shes_unreal 28th-Jul-2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
Well just because the hymen doesn't close off the entire vagania doesn't mean it isn't there. There can be an opening for menstrual blood to come through, but there still be a hymen to be "broken" when a girl has sex for the first time. It's true though nowadays that the hymen is often broken in childhood through other things, and also having a hymen isn't the only reason someone might bleed a little from sex.
dindin 28th-Jul-2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
::nods:: Just what I was thinking.
cailin_t 28th-Jul-2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
it's true. my good friend had to have a hymenectomy to allow her to have her period. and "open" hymen just means it has an opening of any size. an initial sexual encounter completely breaks open the hymen, which can cause bleeding if you haven't opened it totally prior by vigorous exercising like horseback-riding, etc.
inconvenience 28th-Jul-2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard of those. I was reading Jane and the article was called "I lost my virginity to my doctor!" and I was like..whaaa? But yeh..it's eeh.

Oh yeah. The horses prolly did it for me. ^_^
cailin_t 28th-Jul-2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
me too. ;)
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rainbow_goth 28th-Jul-2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
i bet their mothers knew and pushed a finger in there or something. ;)
ahemait 28th-Jul-2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
Totally random... but I LOVE YOUR ICON. Do you have a link to the full size image?
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inconvenience 29th-Jul-2004 05:16 am (UTC)
Of course. Everyone might be different..but we are all beautiful ('cause we got waaaaaaatcchhhheeeeeesss)

Anywho. Despite how learned I thought I was I didn't know about the small hole(s) in the hymen. I knew about stretching and operations, sure.

I just didn't know that it's -supposed- to have a hole in it.

I'm sure some people read this and were enriched also. I know I posted this in my journal and a bunch of my female friends were like "What what!" and I'm like..yeeaah..

I'm sorry I'm strange..I just woke up. ^_^
miss_cho 29th-Jul-2004 04:28 am (UTC)
See, and yesterday when I asked that question I was told I was ignorant.
inconvenience 29th-Jul-2004 05:13 am (UTC)
You asked this question?

inconvenience 29th-Jul-2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Oo! I found mine! I gots that septate one. Yeeah. I thought it was my hymen.
I can actually pull that piece in the middle like an inch outta my vagina. It's gotten really stretched out..but it ain't broken. The worst is when it gets caught on my tampons..ugh! Very painful.

Would be very expensive to get that thing cut and out?

Also, thank you for posting these pictures. Very informative!

You should post these pics up as their own post!
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