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What activities are there that could help with hymen "breakage"?

So far, I've read horseback riding and gymnastics.

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The hymen doesn't NEED to be "broken."

In most women, instead, the hymen erodes gradually over time, due to a whole number of things: menses and other vaginal fluids, our hormones, general physical activity (the stuff about horseback riding came from way back in the day when that was a women's leisure activity: it was said that'd break the hymen to scare women away from sports), masturbation and partnered sexual activities. And none of those things will usually make that happen in one fell swoop: again, it's gradual.

Now, sometimes -- forcible genital rape, for instance -- an injury will cause a drastic tear. But that's not how it usually goes.

A minority of women have what we call "resilient hymens," where the tissue is thicker than usual, and where it isn't wearing away, sometimes to the point that even the microopenings needed to let out menstrual flow aren't forming, which is obviously a problem. Those women will have to have what is called a "hymenectomy," a mild, outpatient procedure where a doctor makes a small incision in the tissue so it can begin to wear away on its own like it should. But that is not common.

Ultimately, no one should have to do anything when it comes to their hymen: it's just not something you need to concern yourself with unless you do have a resilient hymen.

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