Skip navigation! Story from Sex School. Maybe you first heard about "popping the cherry" on the bus to middle school. And ever since, you've always had some vague idea that a hymen is this thing inside your vagina that polices your virginity. If you have one, you're pure. And if you don't, you're not.
7 Fascinating Facts About the Hymen (a.k.a. the Cherry)
So many teen sex comedies talk about popping the cherry. This is one of the most well-known slang and joke terms referring to someone losing their virginity, especially a female losing her virginity. Where does this phrase come from, what does pop the cherry mean, and what are some of the facts and myths associated with getting your cherry popped! The term cherry-popping is sure to get a few laughs and smiles.
If there was one thing in middle school I feared more than my mom finding out I had a boyfriend, it was the different and mysterious ways I may find blood in my underwear. Starting my period seemed pretty normal and inevitable, but I kept hearing chatter about cherries popping, which sent me into a state of panic. What did this mean and how do you know if you popped your cherry anyway? From the crude explanations of my misinformed peers, I gathered that this was a disastrous and painful thing that happened should anything other than toilet paper come near my vagina. To say I was horrified is an understatement.
The concept of female "virginity" has a complicated history, and has often been incorrectly linked to breaking the hymen. Bleeding after intercourse was thought to be proof of an unbroken hymen, and thus, proof that a woman had not had sex before. The reality, however, is that the state of your hymen has nothing to do with sexual activity. As for how to know if your hymen is broken, it's near impossible to see it for yourself.