Correct location of the hymen:
- At the entrance to the vagina, between the labia minora. You can see it with a mirror by parting the labia majora.
- It is not located deep inside or near the cervix. If anything way up there rips and bleeds during sex, please see your doctor immediately!
- The most common shape is a crescent located toward the anus, and not a complete barrier across the opening. It is not like the seal over a new aspirin bottle!
- Even if the membrane covers the entire opening, there are one or more irregular shaped holes for menstrual drainage.
- Some women are born without a hymen - about .03%.
- On rarer occasions, the hymen is a solid barrier without these necessary perforations and may require minor surgery to create them.
Changes with age:
- From infancy through up to ages two to four, the hymen is thick, pale pink and redundant (sleeve-like, folding over on itself and my protrude).
- Once a girl reaches puberty, the membrane becomes thin, smooth, nearly translucent and elastic (about the thickness of plastic wrap) and can be sensitive to the touch.
- Varies depending upon the thickness and elasticity of this piece of female anatomy. Some women are born with durable hymens that remain even until childbirth. After childbirth, small pieces of the hymen can still remain attached.
- Yes, though extremely rare, a "virginal" birth is possible -- if people equate purity with the presence of a hymen.
- The membrane can be eroded (stretched, damaged, or torn) by normal daily activities such as running, walking, horseback riding (astride), bike riding, wiping deeply, and tampon use. In an historical context, this might help explain why a noble woman's accomplishments were sedentary (thighs-together type activities) and why they rode sidesaddle.
- Masturbation, finger or tongue penetration can also stretch or damage the membrane.
First penetration bloodletting:For tips on how to avoid the first time pain and bleeding, visit:
- Historically, virginal bloodletting was proof of a woman's worthiness as a wife and the marriage bed sheet was put on display.
- Today, 43% of woman report they did not experience bleeding their first time.
- There aren't any reliable historical statistics that I could find. But considering that in many cultures this ritual sheet stain could mean life or death for the woman (if she didn't prove to be untouched, she could be cast out, disowned, sold as a slave, or killed), I suspect very close to 100% of the "virginal" brides found a way to bleed on their wedding night.
Did a virginal bride secretly cut herself or have a small container nearby in case if she didn't bleed the required way?
Did she inserted a small device (like a piece of saturated sponge) for her new husband to breach? Is this where the myth of the deep maidenhead came from?
I wonder… Further research is required unless someone out there knows a few sources.
I know women don't want too much reality in their fantasy, but we should at least understand female anatomy. My favorite authors "write this wrong" including Moning and Boyle! But I forgive them.
I'll keep you posted