An imperforate hymen is a condition in which the hymen covers the entire opening of the vagina , sealing it shut. The condition is a congenital disorder, meaning that it's something a girl is born with. No one knows why it happens. The hymen is a thin membrane that usually covers part of the opening of the vagina. It typically has an opening that widens as a girl approaches puberty.
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There are so many parts and structures that make up the female sexual and reproductive anatomy, so you get a pass if you aren't deeply familiar with each and every one. No, what you see on the outside is NOT your vagina. Despite popular use, vagina isn't a general word for the entire swath of bodily real estate below your hips and above your thighs. Vulva is the general term for the external parts of the female sexual anatomy.
The hymen is a thin piece of mucosal tissue that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It forms part of the vulva , or external genitalia , and is similar in structure to the vagina. In children, a common appearance of the hymen is crescent -shaped, although many shapes are possible. During puberty , estrogen causes the hymen to change in appearance and become very elastic. The hymen can rip or tear during first penetrative intercourse , which usually results in pain and, sometimes, mild temporary bleeding or spotting.
It is a thin membrane that is quite close to the vaginal entrance, contrary to popular belief. You can usually feel it or see it with a mirror. The chances of your hymen still being completely intact by your teenage years varies considerably.