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Tampons And Hymen

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I am 14 and want to start using tampons, but my mom is wondering if tampons might tear my hymen. What do you think? Also, what exactly is the hymen and why does it bleed?




Dear Lauren,

The hymen is a fragile membrane that partially covers and protects the opening to the vagina. It will bleed if it is stretched or torn. This may happen as a child during gymnastics or bicycle riding or ballet! Or it may happen when trying tampons or when you are being fingered. It will most likely happen during a woman's first intercourse. A person is a virgin even if the hymen has been stretched or torn if they have not had sexual intercourse.


If your hymen is still intact now, you can try using a bit of water-soluble gel, like K-Y Jelly, on the top if the applicator. Don’t worry, you won’t be hurting yourself. The opening is flexible. Also, understand the more you practice, the more you will stretch the hymen. If you cannot stretch it yourself, you might want to see your doctor/healthcare provider.


Hope this clears this up for you!

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Posted July 24, 2014
I haven't had my period yet but when I start I want to use tampons so I already started with som of my older sister'a tampons period.
Posted July 27, 2012
It doesn't hurt to have ur hymn torn it make fairing tampons out a pain in the vagina but does anyone know if I can cut my hymn off so it doesn't get caught on a tampon
Posted December 22, 2011
WHen i saw the fingering part of the response i started laughing, but when i use tampons i hope my HYMEN doesn't tear OUUCCHH!!


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