This adaptation from the RFSU is one of our most often linked or reblogged pieces, which was reblogged again today.
It’s often summarized as something that explains how the hymen doesn’t “really exist,” but that’s an unfortunate summarization, since that’s not what it states — or we do — or explains at all.
What it does do is give new language for that anatomy and explain how the hymen or vaginal corona, as it is most commonly understood, is misunderstood and misrepresented.
Often known by the established term “hymen,” the vaginal corona is the subject of many myths and misunderstandings. The most important of these is the notion that a person’s vaginal opening is covered by a membrane that ruptures with, or is “broken” by, vaginal sex. This is incorrect. There is no such membrane [that’s like that: get it? :)].
RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) wishes to dispel the myths and promote knowledge of the true facts. Our aim is to give you a more accurate idea of what you will find just inside the vaginal opening.
Read the rest here!
P.S. If it helps to clear this up, think of how when — if this was in your experience — you found out that a pregnancy doesn’t happen in someones belly, but in the uterus. It’s not that the hymen doesn’t exist, it does. It’s that the hymen as most people understand it does not. :)