Fact is - you can only lose your virginity if you have sex!
This means when your partner's penis enters your vagina - that is when you lose your virginity. You cannot lose your virginity to a tampon. Girls that have used tampons but have not had sex are still virgins.
But will a tampon break your hymen?
It could but it's unlikely!
The hymen is a stretchy tissue that surrounds or partially covers the vaginal opening.
When you insert a tampon for the first time, there are 3 scenarios that can happen:
- Most likely the tampon will pass through without breaking your hymen
- Another likely scenario is your hymen will stretch to allow the tampon to pass through
- Unlikely scenario: Your hymen covers more of your vaginal opening and tears when you insert a tampon
When the hymen tears, some girls may notice a slight pain and some girls may not feel anything at all.
The hymen has no real purpose and your vagina works completely fine whether the hymen is torn or in-tact.
Even if your hymen tears - you are still a virgin.
There are actually many normal every day activities that can tear your hymen including gymnastics, bike riding, horse back riding, exercise, and self-exploration. For some girls, the hymen is very stretchy and can even remain in tact after the first instance of intercourse.