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Appearance of the hymen in adolescents is not well documented

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:605
  1. Emma Curtis, Senior registrar. (,
  2. Camille San Lazaro, Senior lecturer in paediatric forensic medicine.
  1. Lindisfarne Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP

    EDITOR—As forensic paediatricians, we concur with Rogers and Stark's emphasis on the need for education about the nature of the hymen in postpubertal women.1 Ten of the 20 women described by Logmans et al had been sexually abused.2 The appearance of the hymen before puberty and its appearance after sexual abuse has been well described; the appearance of the hymen in adolescents is not well documented. The study by Emans et al3 is an exception.4 …

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