Break the myths around the virgin and the guardian of that myth

Sex may permeate our popular culture, but conversations about it are still associated with stigma and shame in Indian homes. As a result, most people dealing with sexual health issues or trying to find sexual information often rely on unidentified online sources or follow their friends’ non-scientific advice.

To address widespread misinformation about sex, runs this weekly sex column, titled “Let’s Talk Sex,” every Friday. Through this column I would like to start a conversation about sex and address sexual health issues with scientific insights and nuances.

This column was written by Professor Saransh Jain, a sexologist. In today’s column, Dr. Jane broke the myth about the virgin and its mythical guardian, the hymen.

The word virgin is generally understood to refer to someone who has never had sex, but it has a lot of room for interpretation. Is Oral Sex Important? If a woman has sex only with other women, is she a virgin? And so on. Many myths about virginity are often accepted as truth.

Virginity has a complex history and is often (accidentally) associated with the destruction of the hymen. The hymen is a thin membrane that covers or partially covers the entrance to the vagina. In many cultures, before a woman gets married, she examines the hymen to determine if she is a virgin. In the morning after marriage, bloody sheets are seen as a sign that a woman has “lost” her virginity.

Some common myths about virginity are:

Myth 1: The hymen must be broken the first time you have sex.

The biggest myth about the hymen is that when a woman first has sexual intercourse, it breaks, causing bleeding, indicating that she was a virgin. In fact, many women do not tear or bleed their hymen the first time they have sex. That is because the hymen can stretch.

Because of this myth, many women worry about pain and bleeding when they have sex for the first time. This can make it difficult to turn on. When a woman gets excited, the muscles near the vaginal opening relax and the vagina creates natural lubrication, making sex more comfortable, even for the first time. Worrying about pain can tighten muscles, weaken lubrication, and lead to pain and bleeding.

Myth 2: Obstetricians and gynecologists can tell if a woman is a virgin by looking at the hymen.

It is generally believed that medical professionals can distinguish between virgins and non-virgins through a female hymen examination. This is far from the truth. The hymen can stretch and the virgin state has little effect.

Myth 3: Your partner can tell you your status.

Many women are worried that they may be able to determine if their partner is a virgin. The truth is that your hymen does not reveal your virginity, and even a professional medical professional cannot tell if you are a virgin. However, sharing your sexual history with your partner can help you build trust and improve intimacy.

Myth 4: The pain during the first sexual intercourse only breaks the hymen.

The pain that women experience when they have sex for the first time is usually not due to breaking the hymen. In fact, the reason it hurts so much is probably because the female is nervous, excited and struggling to lubricate, which will lead to painful insertions. Alternatively, both partners may be inexperienced and too enthusiastic, leading to minor injuries. In either case, the vaginal tissue may be bleeding, not the hymen.

Myth 5: Permeable Vaginal Sex is a core marker for your virginity.

According to traditional beliefs, it is sex only when the penis enters the vagina. This is a verbose, false, and misleading definition of sex because it does not consider queer sex or other forms of sexual expression. Whether something is “counted” as sex often depends on the following factors:

* Agree

* Ejaculation / orgasm

* Interval

* Purpose

* Penetration

This indicates that there are no definitive markers for gender. Permeable vaginal sex is just one of many ways to express sexuality. How you define sex is up to you. You don’t have to let external perception define your virginity.

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