Blog posts by Rachel Cooper, MS, MD

Is There a ‘Virginity Test’? What Does it Mean to Have a Broken Hymen?

In a few words, no and nothing.

Last week, the rapper TI made headlines when he talked about taking his teenage daughter for yearly ‘hymen checks’ at the gynecologist’s office. After proudly announcing to his interviewers that his 18-year-old daughter’s hymen was still intact, he offered a short recap of the conversation with his daughter and her doctor on the subject, “Is there anything you would not want me to know? See, Doc? Ain’t no problem” and then, “just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.”

There’s a lot going on here – let’s break it down!

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