Can your virginity grow back?


Someone asked us:

My friend told me that after around 3 month you technically become a virgin again because the hymen closes completely, i don’t fully believe this so do you guys know if this is true?

Nope, your hymen won’t close back up if you don’t have sex for a while. Unlike starfish and gecko tails, hymens don’t regenerate themselves.

Virginity can be a tricky thing to define. The most basic definition of virginity is never having had sex. But people define “sex” in a lot of different ways. Some people think that you’re a virgin if your hymen hasn’t been stretched open, but the truth is that having a hymen and being a virgin aren’t the same thing. Your hymen can be stretched open by a lot of other things besides sex (like using tampons or exercising), and some people are born with very little hymenal tissue to begin with. And people also have different ideas about whether you’re a “virgin” if you’ve had oral or anal sex but not vaginal sex.

So basically, virginity isn’t a concrete concept. It’s more of an idea that varies from person to person. But what is concrete is that your hymen won’t regrow after being stretched open.

- Nina at Planned Parenthood