Science is so unique that it is based on facts and observations done through experiments. In a modern scientific society where people do further research and discover new ideas surrounding issues that need further clarity, it takes science to disprove mythological beliefs. Many at times people have been misinformed biologically that a woman bleeds during first-time sex. How do we eradicate this untrue belief? Science has proven that the hymen explains it all.
The hymen is a membrane that covers part of the vaginal opening. It does not always block or cover the entire vagina. If it did, women wouldn’t be able to menstruate. The hymenal tissue wears away with time and the opening widens as a result of exercise or the use of tampons. Hymens appear in different shapes and sizes; some women are even born without hymen. Human hymens have no clear biological purpose.
The association of virginity loss with a penetrative vaginal sexual act is problematic because it makes heterosexual sex the standard by which we understand virginity. But virginity and hymens continue to be a matter of life and death for women in cultures where a high value is placed on the former. In religions such as Islam, Hinduism and various sects of Christianity and Judaism, premarital sex is often forbidden.
Bleeding during the first marital intercourse becomes proof of virginity. And some cultural rituals involve a bride showing her blood-stained bed sheets to her husband’s family. Some women around the world have been faking virginity which also puts them at risk. Note that if the hymen is very small or thin, most of it tends to wear away on its own as a female grows up. When a female is born without a hymen, she won’t bleed the first time she has sex; if she has a small or thin hymen, she might not bleed during first-time sex, and if her hymen has worn away on its own, she won’t bleed during first-time sex.
In present days, more women are requesting surgery to replace their hymens, in an effort to fake virginity. But virginity is a psychological state, and a hymen is no reliable indicator it exists. The idea of virginity is firmly anchored in religion and influenced by a variety of social forces that have led to its circulation across cultures for centuries. It popularly refers to a state of sexual inexperience, but has historically been primarily associated with women.
Particularly, an intact hymen has been used as an indicator of female virginity, and the loss of virginity has been associated with sexual intercourse (penile-vaginal penetration), which perforates the hymen, leading to bleeding. And it is not just women from conservative cultural backgrounds who are re-virginising, affluent women are also doing it in order to satisfy their male partners, as a means of re-energising their sex lives. Women are risking their lives and their health in order to be virginal (primarily for men). This leads to a sexual double standard in which women are solely responsible for maintaining some kind of purity.
In more extreme cases, women are being re-virginised by undergoing hymenoplasty, a procedure in which the hymen is surgically repaired. Against this backdrop, it becomes clear and glaring that the bleeding of a woman during first-time sex is based on the hymen. Women with thick hymens are capable of bleeding during first-time sex, and especially younger girls in the range of sixteen and eighteen years have higher chance of bleeding than girls around twenty and twenty-five. With this, Science has proven it stance on this topic.