The thin membrane that is present surrounding the opening of the vagina is called hymen. The different types of the hymen are imperforate, microperforate, and separate hymen. The hymen might tear during penetrative sex, vigorous cycling, etc.

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We were not successful in sex even three years after marriage. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, We have been married for three years but till now we did not have successful sex. When my husband tries to insert, I get so scared and never allowed him to penetrate. Even though we tried from different positions, it still does not work. He is very understanding. We only enjoy foreplay...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your problem and understand your concern. The drugs you are currently taking is quite helpful in some cases and not in few cases. From the description provided, it appears that because of one or other reason you never actually allowed your husband...  Read Full »

My hymen seems to be damaged. What percentage of it is damaged?

Query: Hi doctor,Please check the attached images and tell me if my hymen is intact. If not, to which percentage is it damaged? Is the size of my vagina opening normal as a virgin?  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I looked over the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your vagina and hymen are fine, and it is normal. So why do you feel that something is not correct? As you mentioned, you have fingered yourself, but that is m...  Read Full »

Is the presence of hymen genuinely an indication of virginity?

Query: Hi doctor, Can we see if the hymen is still present or broken and there is some infection inside on photographs?  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I have gone through the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is not very clear in the image, and it cannot be said with great confidence regarding the state of the hymen. You must ...  Read Full »

I had a incident where only the tip of the penis went inside, but I saw blood when wiping. Did I lose my virginity?

Query: Hi doctor,I was a virgin. Something happened to me six months back. He only put the tip of the penis in, so I was like, I did not lose my virginity. Before the incident, I went to the restroom, wiped myself, and saw blood. It was like I got my period. And even after the incident, when I wiped myself...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the details you presented and the image you shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I can fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Although it is impossible to tell without physical examination, but with the detail...  Read Full »

Will I break my hymen and loss virginity if I finger myself?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old female, and I masturbate very often. I just rub my vagina, but I do not finger myself. I get really tempted to finger it. Whenever I try to do so, I get nervous and just finish it off by rubbing my vagina. Is it safe to finger my vagina? If yes, how do I do it? What ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vagina will definitely be wet when you are aroused, so there is nothing to worry about it. Usually, fingering may lead to infection and irritation. Yes, there are chances of hymen rupture. The rupture of the hymen depends upon how strongly and deeply you insert ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for bleeding in my fiance after we had first-time sex?

Query: Hello doctor, About eight months back I got intimate with my fiancee. As it was her first time having intercourse, I penetrated her very slowly. Afterward, I noticed small spots of blood on the head of my penis.  After she went home, she rang me to say she was bleeding so much, she had to use a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The rupture of hymen during first-time sex can cause bleeding. Sometimes tears in vagina due to tight introitus can also cause bleeding. Rarely it may require suturing to stop the bleeding. Another possibility is that she had been menstruating when you had s...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a woman to bleed after she has sex for the first time?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, my wife had bleeding for a minute after we had sex for the first time. What would be the reason for this problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I presume that your wife had bleeding through her vagina.If it is the first time that you both had sex, then you need not have to worry at all. This is due to the rupture of a thin membrane which covers the vaginal orifice (opening). This membrane is called the hym...  Read Full »

What are the causes of a torn hymen?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a virgin, and I want to know how a non-virgin vagina looks like because I feel like my hymen is torn. Can I see a hole inside if my hymen is broken? Or if I still have my hymen, can I see a membrane instead of a hole? There is a membrane inside 2 cm or 3 cm. But I could not see a hole...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. There is no difference. As you have rightly said, it is a membrane. So do not worry, you are still a virgin. You may have to visit a gynecologist if in case you want to get yourself checked. There are tests, but ...  Read Full »

Does hymen decide the virginity?

Query: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to inform you about my current issue that has concerned me for many years. I am a 21-year-old female. I am traumatized due to my past. As a young girl, at the age of 16, I was always fascinated with exploring my body. However, I was very naive. There came a time ...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you out. It is perfectly normal for teenagers to masturbate and explore their bodies. Sometimes during rough fingering, the hymen may get broken. Your hymen can also naturally stretch from physical activity like sports or using a ...  Read Full »

What is the function of a hymen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had some surgeries. I am not a virgin anymore. But I have had sex from the day my gynecologist checked me. Can the gynecologist know if I have had sex or not?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharanya M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, let me assure you that your gynecologist cannot tell whether you have had sexual intercourse or not by a pelvic (gynecological) examination. The vaginal opening is covered partially by a thin layer of skin called the hymen. During puberty, it becomes more ...  Read Full »

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