Can one’s virginity be certified? At Brelyn and Tim’s wedding the bride presented her father with a “certificate of purity,” which has The Doctors questioning just how accurate such a certification is.
“I went to the doctor and I got checked out and my hymen is still intact,” Brelyn says in a video from her wedding day, just moments before she surprised her pastor father with the news of her purity. The certificate was even signed by her OB/GYN, which raised some questions for The Doctors.
“The only part about, from the medical community where things get a little tricky, is this concept that the hymen is a mark of virginity. That’s not all that accurate. So, that is the part from the medical community, where you’re saying, ‘Well?’ Going to see your OB/GYN, that part can be perplexing. That perplexed me a little bit because that’s not really an accurate exam,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork tells the newlyweds, who were fresh off their honeymoon.
Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross adds, “Actually, 52 percent of women who have had sex actually still had their hymen intact.”
Brelyn and Tim explain that they hope sharing their abstinence until marriage journey might encourage others to make similar choices.
“That was our whole goal, just to stand up and say this is what we believe,” Tim says.
“And not to condemn anyone who has had sex [before marriage]… but maybe encourage them to stop and wait,” Brelyn adds.
Despite the validity issues, The Doctors say the young couple is a good example for others grappling with similar choices.
“I think you’re great role models for being confident in who you are and who you want to be, I admire both of you very much,” Dr. Stork says.
Dr. Ross agrees, telling the young couple, “You guys represent a totally different side of things that we’d like to see more of. So I’m proud of you guys.”
And was abstaining from sex until the night of their wedding the right choice?
For Tim, without a doubt. “It was worth the wait!” he says with a big smile.