Hymen = Virgin Membrane
Diseases of the Hymen, Page 2, Go to Page 1, 3
Acquired diseases of the hymen
The hymen guards the introitus of the vagina (vaginal entrance) and while its external side belongs to the vaginal vestibule, the acquired diseases of the vestibule affect the hymen as well.
Ever since 1882, medical practitioners and patients should have no doubts about how risky is exposing the vaginal vestibule mucous membrane to a variety of biological, chemical and physical noxious agents.
The non-keratinized vestibular mucosa within the Hart's line demarcated area
DOES NOT belong to Our Living Armor - the skin, which is so well protective thanks to its keratinized stratified squamous epithelium (more on Our Living Armor here) .
vaginal opening – annular hymen fimbriated – hymenal fimbria (plural fimbriae) – non-keratinized vestibular mucosa – Hart's line - vulvar papillomatosis - keratinized squamous epithelium of the labium maius
Most common noxious agents
responsible for diseases of the vaginal vestibule, including hymen
Chemical:soaps; personal hygiene products; panties fabric; water unfit for intimate hygiene; topical medications (first of all for treatment of misdiagnosed candidiasis, but not only); not removed:
- vulvar secretions including smegma,
- vaginal discharge including menstrual blood, cervical mucus, vaginal exudate
Biological:germs of sexually and non-sexually trasmitted diseases carried with own finger(s) or someone else's finger(s), lips, tongue, penis(es), as well as sex toys, toilet paper, medical instruments, underwear; germs trasmitted by contaminated water (swimming pools, lakes, rivers, seas), water unfit for intimate hygiene
Physical:excessive rubbing the vestibule instead of stimulating the clitoris only; wrong cloth blocking ventilation, prolonged pressure due to horse-riding, cycling etc.
More on prevention and prophylaxis of provoked vestibulodynia - provoked pain of the vaginal vestibule, infections, irritations, allergies, toxico-allergic reactions, mucosal abrasions or superficial tears, acute ulceration of the vulva aka reactive genital ulcer and other diseases of the vaginal vestibule including hymen here: