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I have never had sex but i have masturbated plenty of times. I dont remember if I have ever faced a discharge of blood while masturbating nor have I experienced pain. But when I open my legs it feels that there is no hymen present. Under these circumstances do u think that my hymen is broken?
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First Helper chiristina1980
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replied June 20th, 2010
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Scared, Your hymen is a mucus membrane that is located right at the opening of your vagina. During your embryonic development in your mother’s uterus, it covered your vagina so that any fluids and dirt was kept outside your developing body. Just before you were born, a hormone surge should have made the membrane thinner and opened up at least one hole in it. The hymen literally separated your insides from your outsides inside your mother's uterus. Today it still indicates the spot where your vagina and vulva meets.

Research showed that all female babies get born with a hymen. Before puberty it is a fairly thin, whitish and tight membrane

Once you hit puberty, the estrogen surge you experienced should have made it thicker again, made it fold back onto itself to form a thick ring around the outside edge of your vagina. This ring is very flexible. Once this happens, the hymen will not be that easy to tear or destroy. Tampons, masturbation and even sex can leave the ring partly in place. Only at child birth, will these hymenal remnants be totally gone and only a small ridge will be felt around the vaginal entrance.

Before puberty the hymen will tear pretty easy as it is stretched thin and tight. Falling on your crotch (straddle injuries), gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, dancing or sticking something into your vagina could have caused it to tear.

When the hymen tears, it will often heal itself if left alone. Whenever it tears down to the vaginal wall, it will form a notch. After you get sexually active, it might leave behind some small ‘flaps’ around the vaginal entrance.

When your hymen tears, it can be painful and bleed. It can also happen without you even knowing about it.

Masturbation by inserting something large into your vagina, fingering, fisting and intercourse will cause the hymen to be worn away.

There are a number of things that can go wrong with your hymen. The hole can take on many shapes (use the google to search the interwebs for 'hymen shape'). Two shapes are particularly troubling: septate (2 holes with a fleshy and lose 'bridge' between them) and imperforate (completely closed). These two shapes can cause problems with sex, masturbation and menstruation (keep fluid inside or make tampon use very difficult). A simple surgical incision can solve these two problems.

If you have not done so yet, wash your hands and groom your fingers to remove sharp edges from your nails, get a mirror, lock your door and take a good long look at your genitals. Open your big and small lips with your fingers, pull back the hood over your clitoris and look at the color, shape and texture of everything. This will be an invaluable help to you when you can spot changes that take place in your genitals. Feel and look around the edge of your vaginal entrance for your hymen or what is left of it. If you feel like it, you can even stick a finger inside your vagina to feel for your cervix. It is right at the top end of your vagina. It feels like the tip of your nose with a small dimple in the middle. Don't worry; if your hands are clean, there are no harm that can be done and nothing that you can break inside. Your vagina is closed at the top and the little hole in your cervix is MUCH too small to poke anything inside it. Your cervix will move around in your vagina, depending on where in your monthly cycle you are. When you ovulate and are fertile, it moves up (higher), it will feel soft like your facial lips and the hole in the middle will be more open. When you are infertile (10 days before your menstruation and a few days after your menstruation), it will be low and feel firm like the tip of your nose.
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replied July 31st, 2010
Do i have still my hymen?
Can someone really help me? I have a Serious question!!!
I never had intercourse in my life yet,i never had hoursing or anything like that....and I was thouth Im a virgin, but my boyfriend last night just fingered me even with 2 fingure, but I had no pain, no blood ,and he did not feel anything like hymen in my vagina or...
I dont know what is going on?
Do u think My hymen is broken or what? because Im pretty sure about myself that I never had sex before!!
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replied July 31st, 2010
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chiristina, Men are not exactly experts on hymens so it is no use asking him. Your hymen at this age should be just an elastic ring/flap around the outside edge of your vaginal entrance. As it is very elastic, fingering may not hurt it.

Not all women will bleed or experience pain when their hymens torn. Hymens also differ in shape and yours might just be around a small part of your vaginal opening.

Not having a hymen or not bleeding does not mean you are not a virgin. Being a virgin means you die not have a penis inside your vagina.

You can always feel or look yourself.

Take care!
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replied August 1st, 2010
im actually 24years old,is that related to the age too? Do you know how can I just make sure if i have hymen or not ?
Or do u think if I sex for the first time it is not bleeding or im not feeling any pain with this shape of hymen that u said?
im really confused, because i expected something else maybe...
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replied August 1st, 2010
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Christina, It is not related to age. Just before you were born, your hymen developed a hole. Once you get the estrogen surge during puberty, it changes from a thin translucent membrane to a thick elastic ring. After this, there is nothing that will change it except trauma to the vaginal opening.

You can get a mirror and look. You should be able to feel and see the remnants of your hymen right in the mouth of your vagina. If it is gone, there will be a faint ridge that you can feel with your finger.

Your hymen separated your insides from your outsides inside your mothers womb. So the skin on the outside differs from the mucus membrane on the inside. The hymen were where these two got together. Right at the vaginal entrance.

Only natural childbirth will completely remove all remnants of the hymen.

Best of luck!
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replied March 11th, 2012
i had sex nly once..but it dint turn out successful..but i had minor bleeding..
n also my bf fingered me vigorously..
so is it dat i hv broken my hymen??
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replied March 11th, 2012
i had sex nly once..but it dint turn out successful..but i had minor bleeding..
n also my bf fingered me vigorously..
so is it dat i hv broken my hymen??
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replied September 9th, 2013
1st fingering
My girlfriend fingered herself once and she bleed. Does this mean that her hymen is broken? Will it heal again?
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