Morphology of the hymen in twins

A. B. Berenson, A. H. Heger, S. E. Andrews

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The external genital anatomy was examined and photographed in seven pairs of twins, including three identical sets, and one set of triplets to determine if the hymen's appearance is genetically determined. One hundred percent of identical twin sisters and 50% of nonidentical sisters had the same hymenal configuration. Clefts, external ridges, and tags frequently occurred in the same location on the rim in siblings. The authors conclude that the hymen's morphology may be partially genetically determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-84
Number of pages3
JournalAdolescent and Pediatric Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dive into the research topics of 'Morphology of the hymen in twins'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this