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Member # 108645
posted 01-19-2014 11:10 AM
I am confused about the corona.
The My Corona page says it's a bunch of folds but if it's a bunch of folds, how can you 'open' it surgically? And how can the thickness of the folds get in the way? Because surely if they're folds then they just move out of the way and overlap with each other because there'd be gaps between them. Some articles I've read have described it as having folds and others has having holes, which suggests that it is actually a sheet with, well, holes. Which is it? And if having a thicker corona can make sex hurt then does having the corona wear away more make sex hurt less? Does it ever wear away so much that you just don't have one any more? Plus the Hanne Blank interview says you can get a 'pristine' hymen through surgery, but if they all look different, how can you get one that looks new? I think I am getting more confused than I need to be because I'm trying to super impose the idea of a corona on my old school idea of a hymen, plus the new name sort of throws me. Does it really matter if you call it a corona or a hymen? Phew. So many questions. And I'm going to have My Sharona in my head all day.
Member # 103815
posted 01-19-2014 03:15 PM
Hey acb, and great questions! I'm going to do my best to answer all of them; and based on what you've written here, I'm assuming you've read the My Corona article and the 20 Questions about Virginity with Hanne Blank; if you read other articles not mentioned here and would like to talk about them as well, please let me know and I'd be happy to do so with you. I'm going to attach the links to the aforementioned articles below in case you want to re-visit them for whatever purpose: My Corona: The Anatomy Formerly Known as the Hymen & The Myths That Surround It 20 Questions About Virginity: Scarleteen Interviews Hanne Blank And with that, let's start! quote: The My Corona page says it's a bunch of folds but if it's a bunch of folds, how can you 'open' it surgically? And how can the thickness of the folds get in the way? Because surely if they're folds then they just move out of the way and overlap with each other because there'd be gaps between them. You are correct in that the corona is "a bunch of folds," but they are actually, according to the My Corona article, "folds of mucous tissue, which may be tightly or more loosely folded." When you ask about surgically "opening" up the vagina, that would normally be the case when the corona ends up covering the entire vaginal opening (yes, it does happen). In 20 Questions About Virginity, Hanne Blank goes into more detail about the topic; according to her, it's called an "imperforate hymen," when the mucous tissue folds don't dissolve properly while the fetus is developing, and ends up preventing menstrual fluid to leave the vagina when a girl hits puberty. A surgical opening helps to create an opening for the vagina so the girl can have her period. You can read more in Blank's answer to Scarleteen's question of "What's [the hymen] even for?" quote: Some articles I've read have described it as having folds and others has having holes, which suggests that it is actually a sheet with, well, holes. Which is it? The short answer to that is, well, both, and then everything in between as well. Per the Corona article: "Every corona looks different – just like ear lobes, noses and labia – and differs in size, color and shape. It consists of thin folds of mucous tissue, which may be tightly or more loosely folded...It may resemble the petals of a rose or other flower, it may be carnation-shaped, or it may look like a jigsaw piece or a half-moon. In the vast majority of cases, it is elastic and stretchy." If you scroll further down, you'll see a schematic illustration of a few of the many examples of how vaginal coronas can look. Blank gives an explanation of how the corona comes to be in a woman's anatomy following Scarleteen's question asking what the hymen really is (first question of the interview). So in essence, there really is no set answer of what exactly a hymen can look like, because, really: it can look like anything, holes and folds notwithstanding. Just as humans develop differently from each other, so can hymens. quote: And if having a thicker corona can make sex hurt then does having the corona wear away more make sex hurt less? Having a thicker corona doesn't necessarily make sex hurt; I think the pain that you're thinking about is the pain from not being to menstruate properly from an imperforate hymen, because backed up blood is pretty painful. One could have a thick corona and still have painless sex, since the two are not mutually exclusive. Likewise, you could have NO corona and still have painful sex. As per the Corona article, "For a person with a vagina to enjoy vaginal intercourse – regardless of how many times they have done it and what is being inserted in the vagina – they need to be aroused and lubricated (wet). If they're tense and have difficulties relaxing, it may hurt more. It doesn't matter whether it’s the first, second or tenth time. It’s important to recognize the key role played by a person’s mind, whole body and clitoris in sexual arousal and enjoyment. The clitoral glans, for instance, contains thousands of sensory nerve endings – more than any other part of the human body. This sensitivity is the reason why so many people enjoy clitoral stimulation." quote: Does it ever wear away so much that you just don't have one any more? Yep. According to the My Corona article: "A whole bunch of things (vaginal discharges, hormonal changes, menses, masturbation, sex) can wear the corona away more over time, living your life among them..." quote: Plus the Hanne Blank interview says you can get a 'pristine' hymen through surgery, but if they all look different, how can you get one that looks new? By "new," she (and Scarleteen) are talking about wanting to look like a virgin again, so to speak, i.e. an unbroken hymen. It doesn't matter if they all look different--the important thing that matters in this "pristine hymen surgery" is making it look like it was never broken, hence, the large misconception that an un-broken hymen = virginity intact. quote: Does it really matter if you call it a corona or a hymen? Nope. Call it whatever you like. Hymen is more of a layman's term, whereas vaginal corona is more of a medical term. But they both refer to the mucus membrane that marks the entrance to the vaginal opening. It's basically an anatomical part of the human body.
Thanks for all your questions! I hope I was able to help clarify at least some of them for you. And if I ended up missing some, please do not hesitate to let me and/or the rest of the moderators here know so we can remedy that ASAP.