The concept of " virginity " for people with vaginas has a complicated history, and has often been incorrectly linked to breaking the hymen. Bleeding after sexual intercourse was incorrectly thought to be proof of an unbroken hymen, and thus, proof that a person had not had sex before. The reality, however, is that the state of your hymen has nothing to do with sexual activity. With the help of Dr. Jessica Shepherd , a board-certified ob-gyn and a spokesperson for Paragard, and Alexandra Eisler , a health and sex educator from Healthy Teen Network, we're going to separate fact from fiction and explain what a hymen is, how a hymen breaks, and its complicated relationship with the historical concept of virginity.
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Are you a young woman wondering if you are ready to lose your virginity , or have you recently lost your virginity and you're now feeling a bit, well, different? It's common to wonder whether sex will hurt the first time and whether you'll bleed when you lose your virginity , but many newly post-virgin ladies also report experiencing symptoms after losing their virginity. This SteadyHealth user, who posed a question on our community boards, is one of them:. I lost my virginity a little over one week ago, and I've been gaining weight in my mid section and my breasts have gotten significantly larger and have been very sore. I've also been feeling a little nauseous.
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Last Updated: August 1, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Laura Marusinec, MD. She received her M. This article has been viewed 17,, times. Losing your virginity can seem scary, and the range of myths surrounding it doesn't help.
Calling our virgin brides, happy wedding day! You've probably been looking forward to this and we are here for you. Losing your virginity is a strange experience no matter the circumstances; It can be weird, awkward, and uncomfortable. But, when you take it slowly and listen to your body, it can also be beautiful. Everyone has to have a first time, after all.