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Your First Time: Virgin Vagina

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Losing your virginity is a very big deal and you will always remember your first sexual encounter. According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, ʺabout half of high school students have ever had intercourse and the average age when people start having sex is about age 17.ʺ

Before the magical moment happens, you may have some lingering questions about your body and the area ʺdown south.ʺ

There are all kinds of urban legends and myths about your personal girl cave. Here are some facts about a virgin vagina:

• Three to seven inches is the average length of your vagina.
• The vagina is a hollow muscular tube.
• A vagina can stretch during intercourse as well as childbirth.
• You may experience pleasurable pain during first-time vaginal intercourse.
• First-time pain is usually due to the breaking of the hymen.

According to the Center for Young Women's Health, Children's Hospital Boston, ʺ[the hymen is] a thin membrane that surrounds the opening to the vagina. Hymens can come in different shapes. The most common hymen in young girls is shaped like a half moon. This shape allows menstrual blood to flow out of a girl's vagina.ʺ

During first-time intercourse, the hymen is stretched and broken. This causes the minor pain and releases about a teaspoon of blood. Also, a hymen can stretch or tear from participating in active sports like gymnastics or horse riding.

The Planned Parenthood website stated, ʺThe penis doesn’t have to break through [the hymen], it just has to slip into the vagina. If the girl is tense, the muscles of the vagina can feel tight. If that happens, pushing hard is the last thing you should be doing. The vaginal tissue is very tender and can be easily damaged, which can be very painful for the girl.ʺ

According to Dummies.com: The Essentials of Understanding What Sex Is, ʺThe walls of the vagina have several layers: the mucosa, which secretes various fluids; a muscular layer; and connective tissue. Beneath the vagina, on the pelvic floor, are other muscles that are responsible for keeping the vagina elevated, tight, and firm.ʺ

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I've had sex before when I was 17 and it wasn't easy to get it in very far, but once I did, it felt really good and pleasurable.

February 6, 2012 - 3:19pm
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