A woman may bleed when she has penetrative sex for the first time because of her hymen breaking. The hymen is a thin piece of skin that partially covers the entrance to the vagina. It usually breaks during sex, if it hasn’t already broken before.
A woman may not know her hymen has broken, because it doesn’t always cause pain or noticeable bleeding. Having a broken hymen doesn’t necessarily mean a woman has lost her virginity.
Other Things Can Cause The Hymen To Tear
• horseback riding
• riding bicycles
• climbing trees or jungle gyms
• playing on obstacle courses
Your hymen may also wear down during nonsexual forms of penetration, such as:
• inserting tampons or menstrual cups
• getting a Pap smear
• getting a transvaginal ultrasound
Sometimes the hymen bleeds when it tears. The amount of blood will vary from person to person. It’s also possible that you won’t bleed when your hymen tears, just as it’s possible that you won’t bleed the first time you have vaginal sex. Many people don’t.
There Are Different Types Of Hymens
Normal: hymen with a generally crescent shaped opening.
Cribriform: hymen with several small openings through which menstrual blood can flow.
Imperforate: hymen with no opening at all.
Microperforate: hymen with extremely small opening.
Septate: hymen with a thin band of tissue in the center.
How To Ease Pain
It’s a good idea to see a doctor if:
The pain feels excruciating or unbearable.
Your vagina or vulva feels so sore that you’re struggling to walk and go about your day.
You’re having unusual discharge.
You’re bleeding long after sex is over.
The pain lasts for more than 1 day.
You’re in pain every time you have sex.