I’ve never had a hymen. I had a foreskin once in 1975 for about 20minutes, but I’ve never had a hymen.
I’ve also never seen a gynecologist. Actually, I’m sure that’s not true. No doubt I’ve seen many gynecologists. I’m sure I’ve at one time or another been in line at the supermarket standing behind a gynecologist but I’ve never engaged a gynecologist within the framework of that noble profession.
Now, I’m well aware that for many young women the hymen is broken well before the first act of sexual intercourse due perhaps to reckless abandon astride a bicycle seat or maybe a misadventure climbing over a fence or a number of other various accidents.
But if I had a hymen that had not yet been broken, I think I would much prefer to have it out of the way prior to my first act of intercourse. Being rammed with a blunt penis does not seem at all a pleasant ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened thoroughfare.
Can a young woman request of her gynecologist that her hymen be removed under sterile surgical circumstances? It doesn’t seem to me that this would be at all problematic, in fact it seems the best option, so I’m kinda guessing that the answer is “yes”, but I’m looking to Dopers who know better than I.
If so, how commonly performed is this procedure???
It is a normal part of the anatomy and yours may be vestigal and of no consequence.
Usually on an as needed basis, i.e. not too often. It is a simple office procedure done by an general practioner MD or gyn MD.
A friend of mine found, to his dismay on his wedding night, that the procedure was an absolute necessity.
Hymens can run the gamut for non existant to completely sealed over. Of course, somewhere between these two extremes will be found “the norm”.
I’ve been in nursing with a specialty in women’s health for a long time. I can think of only a couple of occasions where someone found it necessary to have the Doctor augment the hymen, including one case where the young lady came in with a complaint of pain and was found to have had at least one menstrual cycle in which the discharge was unable to leave the body due to an intact hymen.
Just to give you other fun stuff to think about, we once had a young patient come in for a her second ever pap smear only to discover she has two cervii (cervixes)! And two uteri. The first Doc to see her missed that :smack: !
She said (and I quote) “Oh, no. I’m getting married. I don’t want to have twins!”
She was evidently also a marsupial. Female marsupials not only have two uteri, they also have three vaginas (one leading to each uterus, plus another that develops during pregnancy to serve as a birth canal).
Waitaminnit…so, if I’m a marsupial about to get lucky, and I’m not into anal, I have to pick one of two vaginas? Do I often get a chance to try out the other? Or can I save it for special occasions? Is there a picture that can help me understand how babies go IN one of two paths, but have to come out of a third? Do they ever come out of one of the other two? or does each uterus have an IN door and a common OUT door?
Where’s the books? Does it happen to mention whether her body was actually running an isolated reproductive system of an “absorbed twin”, effectively making her offspring first cousins rather than siblings?
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I’m surprised to learn that medical hymen removal isn’t all that common. I know that hymen coverage varies a lot and that for many women there isn’t really a problem, but it really seems that for many other women it would be the best way to deal with it. I know it’s what I would request if I were a woman.
You’re talking about a piece of tissue that in many cases is so thin and fragile a girl can accidently break it with many activities and not even notice. (Mine was probably obliterated by a lot of horseback riding in my younger years). For most women, the pain of breakage is a minor thing, and any bleeding likewise. It’s supposed to get broken, after all.
Oftentimes, a pt will become annoyed with excessive or hypertrophic labia…generally labia majora and she asks to have this removed in anticipation of an impending marriage.
Also there are patients that find that their hymen hasnt ruptured even after athletic play prior to their first attempt at coitus and desire that their hymen be ruptured surgically.
Lastly there are many middle eastern girls who are expected by their parter to whom the girl is going to marry to bleed like a virgin when they have first coitus. These girls who often long since have had their hymen ruptured must be lightly sutured to attain the bleeding effect during copulation. Even a little blood is fine and everyone is happy.
I get that she couldn’t have had “real” twins, but did she also have a doubled set of fallopian tubes and ovaries? Even if not, did each uterus recieve an ovum on each cycle? In such a case, couldn’t both ova become fertilized? If she became pregnant in one uterus, would the other continue to menstruate?
You say “well, she was young” as if people should know what the hell happens in such a bizarre circumstance.