Sex Terms

Popping the Cherry

Refers to the first time a girl or woman has vaginal intercourse with a male partner and her hymen breaks, which can result in some bleeding.  However, sometimes the hymen can break from activities that have nothing to do with sex. For example, the hymen can break if a girl uses tampons, plays certain sports, goes horseback riding or rides a bicycle. Hymens come in all different shapes, and some girls are born without them. For pictures of hymens check out the Young Women’s Health website.

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