Hymen is very rich in various capillaries and nerve endings. She has people, as well as such mammals as elephants, chimpanzees, horses and whales. Upon the occurrence of the first sexual intercourse the hymen is usually toiling, and what was left of it, gets the scraps. This process is called defloration.

There are also traumatic defloration which occurs as a result of any severe injury, not necessarily associated with sexual intercourse. There are cases when there is congenital absence of the hymen. After ruptured hymen possible cases of imperforate, known as a secondary atresia.

Types of hymen

The hymen is the only female body that does not change in size since birth. Depending on the shape and number of holes, the hymen can: Golovina, lunate, tubular, keeled, circle and Velikobritaniya.

During the first sexual intercourse most frequently is the destruction of the hymen, and from it are only generalnie papillae. If hymen is very strong and you may receive about vaginismus .

Often women's virginity represents the anatomical integrity of the hymen. But there are options, for example, anatomical or distinctive features of good elasticity hymen, she can stay intact, after several sexual acts. It can also be damaged special devices during routine gynecological examination or as a result of the injury, as well as active sports.

Male virginity has no anatomical signs, and a virgin is a male and had sexual contact.

The purpose of the hymen

Hymen performs a protective function in the female body - serves as an excellent barrier between the external environment and the vagina. In addition, the hymen has long been valued not only as a method to support women's health, in many Nations, its preservation was essential if you wish a young woman to marry.

After the wedding night bloodstained sheet, the couple showed other people with great pride, and girls who lost their virginity before marriage are punished by their own brothers, uncles or fathers.