girls worry that if they use tampons, they will no longer be virgins.
The truth is, a virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse.
Is inserting a tampon the same thing as having sex? Absolutely not!
So where does this question come from? Females who are virgins
usually have a hymen, a very thin piece of skin-like tissue that
stretches partly across the opening of the vagina. Some females
may bleed slightly the first time they have sexual intercourse because
the hymen permanently breaks. But not all females bleed the first
time they have sex. That's because some girls have thinner hymens
than others, and some are born without a hymen - which is perfectly
The hymen covers only part of the opening to the vagina. (If the
hymen covered the entire opening, a girl wouldn't be able to tell
if she was having a period because the menstrual blood wouldn't
be able to flow outside the body.) So it is possible that inserting
a tampon might tear the hymen, although that usually doesn't happen.
Even if a tampon does break a girl's hymen, she is still a virgin
until she has had sexual intercourse.