Will I Bleed the First Time?

Will I bleed the first time I have sex?

Some girls bleed the first time they have sex, but not all girls do. The reason why some girls bleed the first time they have sex is because the hymen, a very thin piece of skin-like tissue that stretches partly across the opening of the vagina, breaks or tears. Some girls are born without much of a hymen. Other girls’ hymens cover a large portion of the vagina’s opening. It all depends on the girl.

Whether a girl bleeds also partly depends on whether the hymen is broken or torn before sex. It is possible for this to happen from vigorous physical activity; tampon insertion; and masturbation or fingering.

Remember to always use a condom every time you have sex, including the first time, to help protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC
Date reviewed: January 2015

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