The hymen, or the vaginal corona is a fold of mucous membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It forms part of the vulva, or external genitalia. Despite this, it is not possible to confirm that a woman is a virgin by examining her hymen. In cases of suspected rape or sexual abuse, a detailed examination of the hymen may be carried out; but the condition of the hymen alone is often inconclusive or open to misinterpretation, especially if the patient has reached puberty. In children, although a common appearance of the hymen is crescent-shaped, many variations are possible. After a woman gives birth, she may be left with remnants of the hymen, called carunculae myrtiformes, or the hymen may be completely absent.
The hymen in trans women
This particular anatomical structure is not not constructed during a standard male to female genital realignment surgery.
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