There’s no such thing as ‘breaking your hymen’ through first-time sex, using a tampon or horse-riding, according to a new myth-busting booklet about hymens produced by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education.
One of the key messages of the booklet ‘Vaginal corona: myths surrounding virginity – your questions answered’ is that the hymen is not a brittle membrane across the vaginal opening which can be broken – and so it makes no sense to use it as proof of loss of virginity.
Reason #364 "Why Sweden is Awesome" (from the booklet):
Surgery on the vaginal corona rarely solves any problems, firstly because outcomes vary, and secondly because it helps to maintain patriarchal structures and a prejudiced view of women and their sexuality.
Link to booklet (also available in Arabic, Swedish and Sorani)