Question for Betty.
 

How can I check that my hymen is okay?

 
Betty's Answer.
 
 

You have a very good question. Determining whether your hymen is still "okay" or whether you have an "intact" hymen, is difficult to unachievable. This is because the hymen, which is a thin membrane that partially blocks the entrance to the vagina with space for your menstrual period to flow through, varies so much in shape, size and thickness. The hymen may completing surround the entire vaginal entrance, or may involve only a portion of the opening.The hymen can be stretched or torn with many activities, including sexual penetration, by fingers, with masturbation, during a gynecological exam, with tampon use, or even such activities such as horseback riding, gymnastics, or dance.

Since hymens come in so many shapes and sizes and thickness, and can be stretched or torn through so many activities, they are not a reliable indicator of whether someone has been sexually active.

If you are worried about your hymen due to trauma or bleeding to the area, or if you still have questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider, or if you are an eligible UAA student, you may contact the Student Health and Counseling Center for an appointment.