5 Things You Need to Know About Bleeding from Intercourse

Bleeding after sex, also known as post-coital bleeding, is vaginal bleeding that occurs after sexual intercourse. This bleeding can result for a variety of reasons, ranging from vaginal trauma, cervical conditions or infections and STDs. Bleeding after sex is not normal and should be evaluated by a physician immediately. The treatment that your physician recommends depends on the underlying cause of the bleeding.

Vaginal bleeding after intercourse is a reason to be concerned. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

While in many women may experience bleeding or spotting between periods, this is not the same as bleeding either during or after intercourse. Any other type of vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal. Excessive/constant bleeding during or after intercourse accompanied by pain or even vaginal discharge should be addressed by a physician. This could be a sign of an infection of the pelvic organs or a sexually transmitted disease.

Why Am I Bleeding?

Bleeding from sex, also known as post-coital bleeding, is vaginal bleeding that occurs after sexual intercourse. This bleeding can result for a variety of reasons, ranging from vaginal trauma, cervical conditions or infections and STDs.

Is This The Same As Midcycle Bleeding?

While in many women may experience bleeding or spotting between periods, this is not the same as bleeding either during or after intercourse. Any other type of vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal.

Is This Bleeding Normal?

Bleeding after sex is not normal and should be evaluated by a physician immediately. The treatment that your physician recommends depends on the underlying cause of the bleeding.

Should I See a Doctor?

Excessive/constant bleeding during or after sex accompanied by pain or even vaginal discharge should be addressed by a physician. This could be a sign of an infection of the pelvic organs or a sexually transmitted disease.

What If I Am Pregnant?

Bleeding late in your third trimester can be normal. However, if you are pregnant and experiencing heavy bleeding or bleeding after intercourse, you should consult your obstetrician immediately.

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