Does It Hurt When Your Hymen Breaks? 10 Things to Know
The hymen is a very misunderstood body part. There are many widespread myths about what it is and how it works. However, your hymen naturally wears down over time. It typically develops openings that allow for penetration long before your first sexual experience. In medical communities, the hymen is recognized as a vestige of vaginal development that lacks clinical purpose outside of the womb. But it will stretch or thin over time. Think about it: If there was a piece of tissue covering the opening of your vagina, how would you be able to menstruate?
Hymens can come in different shapes. The most common hymen in young women is shaped like a half moon. This shape allows menstrual blood to flow out of the vagina.