The woman or girl coming for her testing would lie down and spread her legs wide open. The tester would then open your vagina like when you enlarge something on your touchscreen phone with both hands in the vaginal opening. She would look inside, apparently to see if your hymen see box on the next page was still intact, or if the size of the vaginal opening had been enlarged by a penis. Amanda Ndlangisa 26 is a producer at a popular TV station. Her experience of virginity testing was slightly different. Nana Buthelezi 25 values the procedure. Dr Fuziwe Dlakavu, a medical doctor specialising as a gynaecologist at a Johannesburg hospital, says there is no science behind virginity testing.
If I was being a virgin for myself, I would have waited longer to have sex
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional file 1. So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse. This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee. Ten electronic databases and other sources for articles published in English were systematically searched from database inception until January Studies reporting on the medical utility or impact on the examinee of virginity testing were included. Evidence was summarized and assessed via a predesigned data abstraction form. Meta-analysis was not possible. Seventeen of identified studies were included.
The hymen is a crescent-shaped thin membrane that covers part of the vaginal opening see diagram below. This occurs especially if the opening in the hymen is small or there is pain with insertion. Some women may have a few spots of blood the first time they have sex, others do not. There is no sure way of knowing if someone has ever had sexual intercourse.
The belief that it is easier to discern the virgin state of a woman than a man is more fable than fact, argues medical anthropologist Sherria Ayuandini. Unfortunately, it is still widely believed and practised to subjugate women. The Human Rights Watch condemned the test as a form of gender-based violence and called on the military to end the practice immediately, which it says violates the prohibition of inhuman treatment under international human rights law. Many pointed out the injustice of the practice, arguing that it is sexist, painful and traumatising. They also point out that virginity is irrelevant to whether or not an officer would be able to do her police duty. Virginity testing is not unique to Indonesia. Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Iraq, to name a few, have had their fair share of controversial virginity testing. In Turkey in the s , five students attempted suicide rather than be subjected to the test, so it was subsequently banned.