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Virginity - Myths and Facts

Published on Apr 26, 2022   -  5 min read

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In this 21 st century, virginity is an often heard and misunderstood word. Read the article to know more.

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What Is Virginity?

The term virgin refers to a woman who has not had any sexual relationship. The term virginity refers to a state of a person who has not engaged in any sexual intercourse. Virginity for people with vaginas has often been incorrectly linked to breaking the hymen. People mistakenly think that bleeding during sexual intercourse is the proof of an unbroken hymen; that is, the person has not indulged in a sexual relationship before. But the reality is the state of the hymen does not decide on sexual activity.

What Is Hymen?

The hymen is a thin membrane of mucosal tissue that surrounds or partially covers the opening of the vagina. It is a delicate fleshy tissue with no known biological function, and it does not indicate whether the person has had sex before.

There are five different types of hymens, they are:

What Is the Relationship Between Hymen and Virginity?

People believe that you cease to be a virgin when the hymen is wide open or notice a tear. Actually, it is not so because some people are born without a hymen, so having a hymen and being a virgin is not the same. It is important to understand that deciding on someone’s virginity by the way their hymen looks or feels is incorrect.

What Are the Myths and Facts About Virginity?

A) Myths - The following are the myths about virginity.

1. The Hymen Is an Indicator of Virginity Status:

This is not true, and it is an often misunderstood body part. Our human body is a collection of body parts, and each person is identified with their unique facial features such as eyes, nose, breasts, and other parts; also, the hymen is different for every woman. The problem is women themselves are not aware of their body and sexual anatomy, and no one can feel or touch the hymen to know that it is broken during sexual intercourse. It is a fleshy tissue, and it can tear or break while playing or cycling or doing any other activities at any age.

2. The Hymen Entirely Covers the Vagina:

This is not true. The hymen is just a delicate flesh tissue surrounding the vagina, and it does not entirely cover or wrap the vagina because it would be difficult or impossible for the menstrual blood to excrete.

3. Do Not Believe in Virginity Tests:

Hymen will not disappear after the first sexual intercourse and stays in the body forever. Many cultures place bloody sheets after a married couple gets for the first time to show that the young woman was a virgin. But all the women do not experience bleeding of the hymen at the first time of sex.

4. Women Will Always Know When Hymen Breaks:

This is not true because hymen can probably break before the first time you have sex; that might be due to,

So, it is mostly unnoticeable when hymen breaks.

5. Hymen Always Breaks and Results in Bleeding at the First Time of Sex:

No, and hymen always does not cause vaginal bleeding during the first sex. Vaginal bleeding can also be due to,

6. During the First Intercourse, Virgins Will Always Have Bleeding When Hymen Breaks:

No, women's hymens are different for each, and the hymen may tear over time with zero indication. Sometimes there might not be any bleeding or can have very light bleeding or some blood spots. It all depends only on the thickness and rigidity of the hymen.

7. The Purpose of the Hymen Is Only to Determine Virginity:

This is not because many vestigial structures, such as wisdom teeth, appendix, and hymen, do not actually serve any specific purpose. Previously, the hymen was believed to protect the vagina from bacteria, but now it has changed to a myth that it is used to determine the purpose of virginity.

8. Virginity Can Be Affected by Gynecological Examination:

This is not true because the gynecological examination is all about health and the examination of external genitals. This examination helps to prevent genital infections and is conducted by using a speculum that spreads the walls of the hymen or vagina and does not affect virginity.

9. Virginity Is Affected by Using a Tampon:

No it does not affect, because inserting a tampon during the first days of the period will stretch the hymen slightly, but it does not affect the person's virginity. This is because some women do not have an intact hymen, and some women are born without a hymen, so try to relax and be in your comfort before inserting a tampon.

10. By Looking at Your Hymen, Your Partner Can Predict Your Virginity:

It is not possible, because even a gynecologist cannot predict virginity by looking at the hymen, so keep in mind that no one can tell about the female's virginity by just looking at the hymen's tightness and rigidity. In addition, hymen's presence, rigidity, and thickness differ according to the daily regime and vigorous physical activities a woman performs.

11. Virginity Defines a Woman's Character:

Virginity should not define a woman's character because every person has a right to privacy and choice. In addition, losing his or her virginity is one's own decision and desire. So, virginity should not be a ruler for the measurement of character.

B) Facts - The following are the facts about virginity.

These are not sex, and do not consider you have lost your virginity.

Conclusion

We need to have enough knowledge of our bodies and be aware of the facts despite heeding the myths that are without any validation or reason. In this society, we are not taught about issues of sex, virginity, and body urges that are natural at a tender age. Thus, misinformation only rules all logical thinking.

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