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Is it true that only human famales have a hymen

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Is it true that only human famales have a hymen

Postby saha25 » Fri May 18, 2007 8:34 am

Tell me pls, does any of animals has a hymen?

If the answer is `yes`, what animals have it? And is there the difference between human hymen and this one of animals?

What is the purpose of this organ?
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Postby Tae Jun, Yoon » Fri May 18, 2007 1:09 pm

I dont have a certainty about this knowledge. But I found this by web surfing.

Moles also have hymen. And their hymen is a little different from human's. They can regrow - I don't know what term is proper - in a few months.
I read posts that the function of this organ is to protect the sexual organs from infection when the animal is young.

This was quoted from
http://kin.naver.com/db/detail.php?d1id ... DDs7PguLc=
I don't think you can read this page because it is written in Korean.

I found the list of animals that have hymen. This page is written in English.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymen#Hyme ... er_animals

Sorry. :oops:
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Postby Khaiy » Fri May 18, 2007 8:29 pm

I don't know about any animals other than humans, but here's what I know about them in humans:

The hymen is a mucous membrane in the vagina. It can be punctured or torn, through sexual intercourse or even things like bike riding. The purpose is uncertain, since it's not terribly uncommon for a girl to be born without one without any problems. And I don't think that hymen regrow- at least I've never heard of anything like that.
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