You may not know the 7 myths about the hymen - the depressing truth

Learn the facts about the widely misunderstood parts of the female anatomy.

That's right. The hymen. This little membrane should cover our lady part. Let's be clear about something, right?

You may have grown up believing the whole urban myth about the hymen "tearing" or "breaking" during sex, and as a result, you expect to experience some major pain for the first time. It turns out that's not the case, guys.

The hymen is something we've never actually seen before. Look at these eye-opening facts about a very misunderstood membrane.

1.No one really knows why women are born with the hymen.

We all know they are. At birth, the annular membrane is prominent and thick, but changes quickly.

2.Puberty usually digests tissues.

In the early days, the membrane thins and widens due to exercise, self-exploration, cleaning and even simple activities like walking. Some tissues may remain around the vaginal opening, but this is usually the case. Mean...

3. The pain some women experience during their first sexual encounter is not due to a ruptured hymen.

What urban legend are you most likely to have heard of? This is actually a big myth. By the time a woman finally has sex and plays a small part in the discomfort, most of her membranes have worn away.

Many girls think their initial sexual experiences are inevitably unpleasant because that's what they're told. When you think about it, it makes sense. When we think something is going to hurt, we feel anxious and nervous, giving way to pain.

4.Those "bloody sheets" are not tears because of the hymen.

Most young partners are not experienced lovers. Those first times are usually less skilled and emotional, more trial and error. Hasty, poorly lubricated vagina or rough sex can cause bleeding in sensitive vaginal tissue, but not damage to hymenal tissue.

5.The intact membrane cannot cover the entire vaginal opening.

If this is the case, girls who still have part of their hymen during puberty may not be able to eat properly.

6.About one in 200 women has an "imperforated" hymen.

This means that about half a percent of the hymen is usually unworn and the opening is too small for tampons or erections to comfortably enter the vagina. These days, these cases require a fairly simple operation to remove some membranes. Hooray for modern medicine, right?

7. Historically, men have gone to great lengths to prove that the hymen is broken after marriage.

In the old culture, families expected the newlyweds to hand over bloody sheets after their wedding night to make sure the hymen had been torn, to make sure the woman was a virgin, and to check whether the two had completed the union. A little nosy, don't you think? Many brides don't even take the risk, they just cut the inside of their thighs with sharp fingernails to dirty the sheets - just in case.

For centuries, a completely wrong idea has been trumpeted? ! Sigh. We are glad that the myth has finally been solved.