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    An_248798 posted:
    my grandaugther's hymen has been determined by a medical doctor as remaining intact, however she claim to have had intercourse a dozen times recently. Is this likely??
    rowena responded:
    the grandaughter is 15 years old. additional information on the posted discussion.
    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP replied to rowena's response:
    Dear rowena: A hymen can range from completely intact and resisting any attempts at inserting fingers/tampon to a minimally sized, easily opened covering. Many women who have not had intercourse or tampons can have a good sized opening, others a complete occlusion which even prevents menstrual flow from getting out of the vagina. Here is a good link with drawings of different types of hymens:

    In the specific case of your granddaughter she may have had intercourse through an opening in the hymen. The remainder of the hymen may be strong and intact. Occasionally a woman may even have a restrictive band across the lower portion of the vaginal opening with can make penetration difficult or painful.

    Bottom line, unless you suspect she has not actually had intercourse, she could have a partially intact hymen. If there is ANY question have her seen by a GYN. They can give you the most "for sure" answer.


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