Will losing my virginity hurt?

We’re not going to lie to you. Yes, it might hurt. How much varies from girl to girl. But there’s lots you can try to minimize the pain. Firstly: foreplay, foreplay, foreplay. Get to know each other’s bodies first through touching, kissing and licking. If you’re turned on, your vagina will release natural lubricant, making penetration easier and less painful. But the most important thing is to try to relax. If you tense up, your vaginal muscles will too, sometimes resulting in a burning, stinging or aching sensation. Remember you can stop at any time if you don’t feel comfortable.

Will I bleed all over the place?

Some girls bleed when they lose their virginity, but most don’t. The blood comes from the tearing of the hymen – the stretchy membrane that partially covers the entrance to the vagina. A penis may tear it during first-time sex although in many cases it will already have been worn away by using tampons, sport or just general wear and tear. If you do bleed, remember the amount of blood looks much worse spread out on a sheet or in your knickers than it actually is. If you’re worried about stains, put a towel under your bum before you have sex.

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