What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About The Hymen

FYI: A woman can be sexually active and have an intact hymen. 

In a new video from truTV’s series “Adam Ruins Everything,” host Adam Conover and his guy friend get a lesson on hymens and sex from College Humor writer Emily Axford. “People picture the hymen like it’s one of those paper banners at a sports game,” Axford says. “They think it covers up a lady’s vagina and then when she has sex for the first time — boom — it gets busted.” 

But, nope — that’s not usually how it works, people. 

“The hymen is actually a thin stretchy bit around the vagina,” the woman tells Adam and his friend. “In most women our hymens have an opening that’s big enough for tampons, fingers and, yes, getting busy.”

Think of the hymen not as a barrier, but a balloon arch, she tells the two dudes.