Hymen = Virgin Membrane
Structure of the Hymen, Page 2, Go to Page 1, 3
The sebaceous glands (sg) of the vulva, Cysts, Fordyce's spots
The sebaceous glands of the vulva, small cysts, Fordyce's spots are not any disease
Hymenal fimbriae and hymenal remnants are NOT a disease.
1 - sg attached to the pubic hair follicle; 2 - "sebaceous" cyst (epidermoid cyst or pilar cyst); 3 - sg attached to the vellus-like hair follicle; 4 - Fordyce's spots i.e. ectopic sg (still yellow); 5 - Fordyce's spots i.e. ectopic sg (more red than yellow); 6 - vestibular papilloma (it isn't sg)
LMaA - the anterior aspect of the Labium Majus; LMaP - the posterior aspect of the Labium Majus; LMiI - the inner aspect of the Labius Minus; H - the Hymen; F - the Fourchette
Hymenal fimbriae and hymenal remnants self-diagnosed as
"a series of Bartholin's cysts around the entrance of the vagina"
If popular knowledge of normal female anatomy is shockingly low among the internet users and their doctors, what could be said about the less privileged billions of people all over the world? see here
Morphology of the hymen
The wholeness of the bride's hymen has been highly valued ever since Biblical times and bleeding on wedding night was and still in many cultures is considered a proof of premarital virginity.
Medical or forensic inspection of the hymen was unavoidable, at least to save lives of some privileged adolescents with signs and symptoms of haematocolpos, or of some unlucky women accused for witchcraft while witches could not be virgins; Joan of Arc's (Jeanne d'Arc, ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431, The Maid of Orléans, La Pucelle d'Orléans), virginity was confirmed in custody serveral times by inspection of her hymen. Many knowledgeable and experienced medics were well aware of hymenal morphology, but were not necessarily enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of such a sensitive topic, particularly in books, not to be accused of violating norms of decency. The first anatomical description of the hymen by Andreas Vesalius (1546) adressed nothing more but the fact that the hymen he inspected was ripped, probably as a result of masturbation ("It looked as if the girl had ripped the hymen with her fingers either for some frivolous reason..." as he put it). Such an approach is typical of hymenal checking for any cause. In an attempt to answer basic questions regarding sexual experience of the examined person her hymen is expected to play a role of a black box on an aeroplane.
Unfortunately, fortunately the human body is far more complicated than technical devices and variants abound in normal anatomy and anatomic pathology as well as in all other medical sciences.
Until the end of the Second Millenium after Christ, the mainstream medical sciences developed numerous criteria for hymenal morphology indicative of vaginal penetration. Many of these criteria are now obsolete, because not too complicated research sent them to the history of medicine. And what about countless numbers of victims of false doctrines relating to the role of the hymen as a black box on a female body registering her sexual history to answer questions 'what she did' and/or 'what has been done to her' in this so sensitive area? While there is no way to help the blamed, the beaten, the killed, the divorced, the hated, the accused, the sentenced, the imprisoned on the basis of prejudice and junk science, still it is never not too late to stop more tragedies.
Hymen morphological variants are numerous and depend on genetic and environmental factors (GnE). Certainly, temporal and spatial differentiation of hymenal morphology makes impossble to draw any conclusion nowadays in London from what was described as a norm two thousand years ago in a secluded small scale society of a couple of clans interbreeding between themelves.