Covering the opening of the vagina, the hymen is a thin layer of skin that can be torn or stretched open with penetration. Found about half an inch inside the vagina, the hymen has tiny holes and a small opening in the centre that allows for menstrual flow. Sometimes the tearing of the hymen can be uncomfortable and cause bleeding. But other times, you might not even notice when it happens. Masturbation , using tampons, and even rigorous activity like horse riding, dancing, riding a bike, and other sports may stretch the hymen before vaginal sex and can cause rupture or tearing. So yes — the hymen can definitely be torn without losing your virginity.
Popping your cherry
What does pop the cherry mean?
See Today's Synonym. We suppose you could technically pop a cherry by squashing the stone fruit, but the slang expression pop the cherry means to "lose one's virginity" or "do something one has never done before. Cherries as a sexual metaphor are suggested as early as the s—though fruit in general has long been sexual, if you look to, say, the forbidden fruit in the biblical Garden of Eden. Popped your cherry.
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Remember those from back in the day? Here, the hymen facts you never knew you needed in your life:. There are other similar abnormal variants, too, where openings in the tissue are too small. Abnormal Hymens Can Require Surgery If your hymen is imperforated or separated where there are two small holes in the tissue , you may need to have a minor surgery, says Sasan.
Last edited on Oct 30 Submitted by Mark B. Son, have you popped your cherry yet?