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does bleeding happens for all virgins? if a woman does not have any bleeding in her first sex intercourse, does it mean she is not virgin?
Some women experience some bleeding the first time they have sex, and some don’t. Sometimes, having vaginal sex for the first time can stretch the hymen — a thin, fleshy tissue that stretches across part of the opening of the vagina — and this is what can cause bleeding. But there are a whole bunch of other ways the hymen can be stretched open, like from using tampons or exercising. Plus, some women are just born with very little hymenal tissue to begin with. So having a hymen and being a virgin aren’t the same thing.
Virginity itself can be a complicated concept — read more about what virginity means here.