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The hymen is not necessarily torn after sexual intercourse

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:414
  1. Deborah J Rogers, Honorary senior lecturer,
  2. Margaret Stark, Honorary senior lecturer
  1. Forensic Medicine Unit, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—We agree with Paterson-Brown that education about the hymen is urgently needed.1 However, there is no evidence from the study by Emans et al2 that the “appearances [of hymens] relate …

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