I am still! I know mine is not entirely intact, because I did a lot of horseback riding as a child. But as I'm not a tampon-user nor wish to become one , I'm not exactly sure how painful intercourse will be, for the first time, nor what will happen to the hymen. I always assumed it was a thin membrane that, upon penetration, would shrink evenly to the sides.
The hymen is a thin piece of tissue that a person might have at the opening of their vagina. For some, it hurts when their hymen stretches or breaks, while others do not feel it happen. Many believe that the hymen breaks when a person has penetrative sex for the first time — this is not necessarily true. Some females do not have hymens.
The hymen made out to be a symbol of virginity and purity when all it really is, is a part of your body. The hymen is largely misunderstood - not only by men but also women all over the world. But the social pressure in some cultures to have an intact hymen at the time of marriage can have a negative impact on mental health. Myths surrounding the hymen are largely to blame for this social pressure. The hymen is a membranous tissue that does not cover but surrounds the vaginal opening.