You can’t tell by looking at a woman between her legs if she’s a virgin — so why are we still talking about the hymen as proof of virginity?

By Emma Libner for the Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub)


For centuries, man has been greatly invested in the idea of female* chastity and ways to preserve it.

In this blog post we aim to shed light on the idea of virginity as something biologically connected to the hymen and break down why cultural and religious practices related to this widely misunderstood body part blatantly discriminate against women and girls around the world.

Hymen-related myths and misconceptions are something that affect millions of girls and women worldwide; not just in low- and middle-income countries, but in high-income countries as well. In fact, hymen reconstruction surgery and so-called ‘virginity tests’ take place in Europe as well.

Nevertheless, most of what we have been told about the hymen is untrue. Here’s why.

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