Form hymen: 1 - circle; 2 - Crescent; 3 - trubavina; 4 - deocamdata; 5 - blade; 6 - keeled.

Maidenhead (hymen)- fold of mucous membrane, located at the entrance to the vagina virgins. Thickness hymen is connective tissue content elastic, and sometimes muscle fibers. Outside and inside hymen is lined with flat epitheliumcontains blood vessels and nerves.
Form hymen often ring with oval or round hole. Along with this, there are other forms hymen (Fig). In case of abnormal development is observed nepobedimaya, or blind, Maidenhead - without holes. There are sluggish hymen, fleshy (hard) and elastic (tensile).
At first sexual intercourse is defloration (rupture of the hymen), and then remain generalnie papillae. The hymen breaks heal, forming a dense scarring whitish color. After delivery hymen is destroyed, leaving only its separate patches - mirovedenie papillae.
To the pathology hymen include: congenital no (rare), Bamyan hymen (see Giatreia). On the surface of the hymen may occur retention cysts.
Hymen is subjected to examination in the forensic medical examination in cases of investigation of criminal cases connected with sexual crimes. Violation hymen in some cases an objective sign of the reality of sexual intercourse. Note that sometimes form hymen allows sexual intercourse without violation of her integrity. On condition edges of the damaged hymen is sometimes possible to judge about the time of its violation. The study hymen make in those cases when it is necessary to ascertain whether the woman in childbirth, and to establish virginity.