Cherry Healey's Property Virgins - Netflix

Using the results of a nationwide housing survey commissioned by the BBC, Cherry Healey explores the typical housing problems facing young people today.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2013-07-02

Cherry Healey's Property Virgins - Hymen - Netflix

The hymen is a membrane that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It forms part of the vulva, or external genitalia, and is similar in structure to the vagina. The hymen does not seem to have a specific physiological function, but the vagina of a virgin cannot be entered without passing through the hymen. In children, a common appearance of the hymen is crescent-shaped, although many shapes are possible. Normal variations of the hymen range from thin and stretchy to thick and somewhat rigid; or it may instead be completely absent. The hymen might rip or tear the first time a female engages in penetrative intercourse, which may cause temporary bleeding or slight discomfort, but sources differ on how common tearing and bleeding after first intercourse is. The hymen can also stretch or tear as a result of various other behaviors; for example, it may be lacerated by disease, injury, medical examination, masturbation or physical exercise. For these reasons, the state of the hymen is not a conclusive indicator of virginity, though it continues to be considered so in certain cultures. Although the hymen does not regenerate itself after it is torn, it may be surgically restored in a procedure called hymenorrhaphy.

Cherry Healey's Property Virgins - Anatomic variations - Netflix

Normal variations of the hymen range from thin and stretchy to thick and somewhat rigid; or it may also be completely absent. An imperforate hymen occurs in 1-2 in 1,000 infants. The only variation that may require medical intervention is the imperforate hymen, which either completely prevents the passage of menstrual fluid or slows it significantly. In either case, surgical intervention may be needed to allow menstrual fluid to pass or intercourse to take place at all. Prepubescent girls' hymenal openings come in many shapes, depending on hormonal and activity level, the most common being crescentic (posterior rim): no tissue at the 12 o'clock position; crescent-shaped band of tissue from 1–2 to 10–11 o'clock, at its widest around 6 o'clock. From puberty onwards, depending on estrogen and activity levels, the hymenal tissue may be thicker, and the opening is often fimbriated or erratically shaped. In younger children, a torn hymen will typically heal very quickly. In adolescents, the hymenal opening can naturally extend and variation in shape and appearance increases. Variations of the female reproductive tract can result from agenesis or hypoplasia, canalization defects, lateral fusion and failure of resorption, resulting in various complications. Imperforate: hymenal opening nonexistent; will require minor surgery if it has not corrected itself by puberty to allow menstrual fluids to escape. Cribriform, or microperforate: sometimes confused for imperforate, the hymenal opening appears to be nonexistent, but has, under close examination, small perforations. Septate: the hymenal opening has one or more bands of tissue extending across the opening.

Cherry Healey's Property Virgins - References - Netflix