Not Sure If I Should Worry

Published: May 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

If you are irregular on your period do you still bleed when you lose your virginity because my first time I didn't nd I'm not sure if to worry or not or get checked out? Pliz I need a response thanks.


Dear Not Sure If I Should Worry,

Bleeding during a female’s first sexual experience usually occurs when the Hymen tears (often referred to as popping the cherry.) The Hymen is a ring of tissue surrounding the vaginal opening, but not covering it completely. Many times during the first sexual penetration the hymen breaks and bleeding can occur. However, there is a common myth that a woman does not lose her hymen until she has sex for the first time. The hymen does not always get stretched or torn during the first experience of sexual penetration. Many females tear their hymen through tampon use or physical activity such as horse riding before their first sexual experience. The fact that you did not experience bleeding when you lost your virginity is not a prominent sign of anything or that there is a problem or related to your irregular periods. Irregular periods are very common in the early years.

Now that you are sexually active TeenHealthFX hopes you have talked to your health care provider about a method of birth control as well as the importance of using condoms to protect yourself against Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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