Myths which are believed in tend to become true. – George Orwell
Interestingly, many females ask or think about this question constantly. The myth of tampons taking away virginity and getting lost in the vagina has been around for longer than any of you reading this. These misconceptions associated with tampons often stop or keep a woman away from using them. However, what most women don’t know is that inserting a tampon is undoubtedly not the same as having sex!
What is Virginity?
Females who are virgins, generally have a hymen, which is a thin piece of skin-like tissue partially covering the opening of the vagina. During the first sexual intercourse, the hymen stretches, and it might tear and bleed a little. That is why we say the hymen is ‘broken.’ The hymen can be of a variety of shapes and sizes — and some females may even have no hymen at all. Yes, you read it right!
What are Tampons and How Do They Work?
Tampons are tiny finger-like cotton plugs that absorb the period blood as efficiently as a regular sanitary napkin. When a tampon is inserted into the vagina, it expands like a flower and soaks up the blood. Tampons also contain a thread-like string that hangs outside the vagina, which later assists in pulling out the tampon conveniently. They are not only super easy to use but are also more comfortable than sanitary napkins that can cause rashes on sensitive skin. However, it does take some practice inserting a tampon for the first time. Many females have experienced that using a small-sized, applicator-style tampon, which comes with a rounded top makes it convenient for first-timers.
How Wearing a Tampon Affects the Hymen?
The hymen is a tissue attached to the vaginal wall and a membrane that partially covers the entrance of the vagina. After a female hit’s puberty, the hymen tends to become quite elastic. This means the hymen is easily able to stretch out and back again to accommodate a tampon. It is not at all always necessary that you might damage the hymen while using a tampon.
Moreover, breaking the hymen does not mean you lose your virginity. In order to lose your v-card, you are required to have penetrative sex. Apparently, a hymen can also break while indulging in physical activities like stretching, cycling, exercising, horseback riding and more. Also, many females are born without a hymen. Therefore, considering an intact hymen as the proof of your virginity is factually wrong. Not that you need to prove it to anyone!
Many cultures and people believe that a broken hymen means that a female is not a virgin. However, the truth is that a virgin is someone who has not had sexual intercourse. So, using a tampon would technically mean that a female has not lost her virginity. In some cases, a hymen can remain intact even after sexual intercourse, or it can also be broken without it happening. Using a tampon can break your hymen, but virginity is all about sex, and the state of the hymen is not an accurate indicator of virginity. In short, if you have not had sex, you are still a virgin.
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