Tampons have been prevalent since the 1930s and the myth that tampons can make you lose your virginity has been around ever since. Even today, many believe that a girl’s virginity is confirmed only if she bleeds from her hymen after having intercourse for the first time.
Let’s examine this statement and differentiate fact from myth!
Studies show that 10-15% women are born without a hymen or may have a very small hymen. If you are not born with one, it is a futile measure to check it for your sexual status. To substantiate this further, physical activities such as cycling, horse riding and intense workout sessions can also cause your hymen to tear.
A girl’s virginity is not something you can hold in your hand or see, but it’s something we as a culture have decided exists as a social construct. It lives on because of the constant repetition and reminders in our lives.
There’s no rule that states there is a deadline to ‘lose’ it, so don’t let society’s ideals hold you down. After all, it’s your body and you make the rules for it. Whether you decide to use a tampon or not, the decision is up to you alone.
Through ‘Debunking Myths’, we acknowledge period myths and expose them with verified facts. Let’s debunk more period myths here.