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The hymen is a part of the female reproductive anatomy. It is a thin piece of tissue that surrounds the vaginal opening.
The hymen is an aspect of the female anatomy that has been misrepresented throughout history. An intact hymen was once thought to be an indicator of virginity, but the fact is that the hymen can be broken at any time in a woman’s life.
All hymens are made differently. Some women have a larger hymen. Others have very little tissue apparent. Some women are born without a hymen. Depending on the size and makeup of the woman’s hymen, there may be some bleeding when the hymen is disrupted or torn.
The hymen may be repaired by a medical procedure called a hymenoplasty.