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(hī`mən) or


(hīmənē`əs), in Greek mythology, personification of marriage, represented as a beautiful youth carrying a bridal torch and wearing a veil.


A mucous membrane partly closing off the vaginal orifice. Also known as maidenhead.


Anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time
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I broaden the scope of my investigation to include texts on fake hymens, hymen reconstruction surgeries, honour crimes, and virginity tests.
The traditional proof of virginity is bleeding from the ruptured hymen, which has led some women to request genital surgery to "restore" virginity, or hymen repair.
The hymen, called the Virginity Hymen, consists of a tiny pouch that is inserted inside a woman's vagina and contains a red substance, simulating blood, which leaks when the pouch is broken during sexual intercourse.
Women afraid of terrible consequences for shaming the family with "unchaste behaviour" are often ready to pay large sums of money for the operation to have their hymen surgically repaired.
It just stretches like a scrunchy and some people have stretchier hymens than others.
It is always inappropriate to use a pediatric speculum on a child, despite its name, as it may cause traumatic stretching of the hymen, Dr.
While their Web site listed being a virgin as a requirement to be accepted, Sompie said being discovered through the test that an applicant's hymen is torn does not necessarily mean she is automatically disqualified.
com chronicles the story of the journalist herself who was fired for publishing an article about the Chinese-made artificial hymens that hit the Egyptian market last year, editor El-Taalab writes about bloggers who are arrested for publishing their views on blogs.
It was predicted that the original decision would send young Muslim women "running to hospitals to have their hymens restored".
Some girls have thinner hymens than others, and some are born without a hymen - which is perfectly normal.
Some girls' hymens break naturally before they have intercourse - so it is not a guarantee of virginity.
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