Bleeding After Sex? Here’s What It Could Mean

Bleeding After Sex? Here's What It Could Mean

Unless it’s your first time having sex, bleeding after sex can be a sign of a serious issue even though it’s common among women who have sex. In fact, this condition is more common among women than you’d expect. While most of the time it’s nothing major to worry about, it eventually does go away on its own. Even so, if you experience excessive bleeding and pain every time you have sex, then this should be a cause for worry and you should see a gynaecologist as soon as possible. Here are some possible causes of why you may be experiencing bleeding after sex:

Vaginal tearing

Sex, especially if it’s vigorous or aggressive, can cause small cuts or scrapes to the vagina. It’s also more likely to happen if you have vaginal dryness due to breastfeeding or menopause. You may not always be in pain if you have vaginal tearing, but the tears can cause the bleeding you experience after sex.

Infections

Some infections, when left untreated, can cause inflammation of tissues in the vagina. And that may lead to bleeding. You may not be in pain when you have a vaginal infection, so you may not even realize you have one. Infections such as vaginitis, sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhoea and pelvic inflammatory disease may be the cause for your bleeding after sex. If you think you may have any of these infections, it’s best to see a gynaecologist for a diagnosis.

Contraception

According to gynaecologists, whenever you start or change your type of contraception, slight bleeding or spotting can happen between periods. However, if you experience heavy bleeding during and sex, make sure to talk to your doctor about it.

Pregnancy

Had unprotected sex recently and now you’re slightly bleeding after sex? Well, you might be pregnant! Early pregnancy can also cause light bleeding during sex. When bleeding during and after intercourse is caused by early pregnancy, it is typically a small amount of spotting when you do not expect your period. Make sure to take a pregnancy test if you think this might be the cause of your bleeding during sex.

Cancer
Bleeding after sex is a common symptom of vaginal, cervical or uterine cancer. Without a thorough evaluation by your gynaecologist, you can’t tell where the blood is coming from or what’s causing it. So make sure to see one.

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