Most women are born with hymens, but not all women are. Hymens come in different shapes, sizes, and thicknesses.
There are a lot of myths and uncertainties about a woman’s hymen. Let’s try to clear up some of the facts. Also, check out more about the hymen here.
Can the hymen tear through doing sports or using tampons?
Sports or using tampons can stretch or tear a hymen, but it all depends on the shape, size and thickness of your hymen.
How can I have my hymen restored?
The term ‘restoration’ isn’t really right. Nothing is restored, but a new imitation hymen is made.
There are two different types of hymen restoration operations:
A 'new hymen' is made by using your own vaginal lining to create a covering over the vaginal opening. During sex, it tears and you bleed.
During the second operation, the outer labia are sewn together to make a ‘new hymen’. This is called infibulation, and in many countries it’s illegal, because it prevents the passage of menstrual blood.
Both operations aim to make the entrance to the vagina tighter; so you bleed when the penis goes into the vagina. That is, if everything goes according to plan, because there’s no guarantee it will work!