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bleeding after sex

By Anonymous March 7, 2016 - 10:24pm
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am 48 years old I had a partial hysterectomy, I kept my ovaries, on 2006. everything was ok, until about 8 months, every time after sex I bleed not much but it is always. I don't have rough sex, nor have sex often. I have sex one a month or less. please help.thanks

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Hi Anon

Thank you for reaching out to EmpowHER.

Bleeding is not normal unless a woman is post-partum or having her period. So there is an underlying cause for your post-coital bleeding.

One reason, despite you " only" have a partial hysterectomy is vaginal dryness.

A woman’s cervix, the narrow, lower end of the uterus, is usually the source of bleeding brought on by vaginal sex. This can be particularly true before menopause. If the cells of your cervix become inflamed or otherwise abnormal, sexual intercourse can cause enough friction to cause bleeding.

A woman may have suffered injuries to the vaginal wall or opening to the vagina during intercourse. Sometimes oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy can lead to bleeding after sex. Lowered estrogen levels in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women may cause the lining of the vagina to become thinned and easily inflamed or infected. These changes can be tied in with vaginal bleeding after intercourse.

Do you use a lubricant? If not, use it everytime to see if this is the cause.

Bleeding after vaginal sex may be an initial indication of endometrial or cervical cancer. However, more than likely, the cause is due to another condition. Sometimes the cause cannot be determined, but it's very important to be diagnosed by a physician to rule out cancer or any other diseases. Bleeding after vaginal sex is not normal, but in most cases, it's the result of harmless, treatable cervical changes, not cancer.

Anytime you experience bleeding during or after vaginal sex when you are not menstruating, it's important to visit your doctor or health care provider to determine the cause. Getting an accurate diagnosis is critical. Even if the bleeding is due to something minor, it’s most likely treatable and better for your peace of mind.

Read more about sex after a hysterectomy here: http://www.empowher.com/sexual-health/content/sex-after-hysterectomy


March 8, 2016 - 6:08am
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