Dear Sex Ed Squad,
What’s the legend behind “popping the cherry”? Is it true?
– Hymen Trouble.
Dear Hymen Trouble,
The legend behind popping the cherry is that the hymen blocks opening of the vagina. When it breaks, it’ll hurt and there’s going to be a lot of blood.
The truth is that it depends on the person. Through out a woman’s life, the hymen can slowly deteriorate due to hormones. One could tear a hymen doing rigorous activities such as horseback riding, gymnastics, etc. It really just depends on the person. But even if the hymen does tear during an activity – it isn’t going to be Niagara Falls. Nothing actually “pops,” it kinda just tears. The actual tearing of the hymen isn’t painful – there aren’t any nerve endings on the membrane. Sex shouldn’t be painful (unless you want it that way.)
Your friendly neighborhood Sex Ed Squad.