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Reasons for Vaginal Bleeding After Sex

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It can be alarming to finish having sex and find you are bleeding. Bleeding after sex refers to having vaginal bleeding during or just after sexual intercourse when you're not menstruating. This type of bleeding happens most often in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Vaginal bleeding after sex is not something to take lightly. There is a laundry list of possible causes. Here’s a rundown of some of the reasons for vaginal bleeding after sex.

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.

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.

Sexually transmitted diseases or infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia can be a cause of vaginal bleeding after intercourse. Inflammation or swelling and infection of the vagina or cervix such as vaginitis or cervicitis can also bring about after-sex bleeding.

Another possible cause for bleeding after vaginal sex may be pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Uterine fibroid tumors or polyps on the cervix or vaginal wall may also lead to vaginal bleeding during or after intercourse. Women with uterine polyps are known to experience vaginal bleeding after sex.

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Anonymous

Where to start....
Okay well, when I have sex with my boyfriend. Which isn't regularly. It is neither rough or fast. But it seems that every time lately there is some blood afterwards. The last time there was more than usual.

My last period was last month. (I had bleeding after sex before and after this)

Well I have started what I think is my period now. I'm probably on day 3/5 now I think. And I am not bleeding as usual. It is much much lighter than usual. Not much red at all, the odd little dot or so. And only a few streaks on brown on my pad when I go to the bathroom. The most I have wiped was brownish and a few bits of red.
My usual period would be like a tablespoon of blood on the pad and quite a bit when I wipe too. It has always been like this. I am also having bad stomach cramps. Which I never had before. My usual period would be the kind where I would feel the blood pooling on the pad or coming out of me when I stand up after sitting or move in a certain way. I have had 2 children but my period has always been the same. My eldest is 13 months old. I have had my period back for quite awhile and it was normal when I got it again. It has probably only been the last 4/5 periods where I have had cramps. And this is the 1st period since I was 7 that it is not bleeding how it usually does.

I'd say how it has started and still is. Is like the old blood that comes out at the end of your period.

January 31, 2016 - 1:20am
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Anonymous

Hi i want to ask an advice coz when we had sex i do bleed and its not my period yet .... What should i do?

January 17, 2016 - 6:26pm
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Anonymous

It would be nice if the article had causes for bleeding after sex for the woman who has had a hysterectomy. I'm not quite as scared now, but still pretty scared.

January 6, 2016 - 7:20pm
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Anonymous

I had my period twice this month now. Something I was also worried about by the way. This period recently ended. Me and fiancé had sex and I bled quite a bit. It wasn't painful at all and wasn't that rough. It was faster pace than normal though. I've also noticed when I go to the bathroom it looks like almost chunks of blood are going in the toilet. These chunks have been happening for 4 days since the end of my period. Also it smells really bad down there and it's been that way for weeks. Why is there so much going on?

December 21, 2015 - 7:40pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

 

If you have a bad smell you need to go to the doctor, you may have an infection. While there, talk to him/her about your bleeding.

Susan

December 22, 2015 - 7:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi...my self deepika..Mujhe na bleeding hori abhi 10 11 din hi huye periods hoke...n actually maine tab Li thi unwanted 72...2 din pehle...pls help if u can..

January 3, 2016 - 9:25am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi deepika

Use an online English translation service, I cannot understand you post. I look forward to hearing back from you! 

Susan

January 4, 2016 - 3:54pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi Susan,

I was reading this article for my sister-in-law as she's having problem with her mensuration cycle (I think so). she's bleeding continue from past one month. no doctor yet had come to know about the problem till now. we fear that I might be a cervical cancer situation. Can u please suggest something in right direction. And also I would like to try and translate Deepika's query for u. According to her she took unwanted contraceptive pill 2 days back and its been only 10 11 days since her normal mensuration stopped. she wants to know if everything is ok.

hope u'll provide the required help.
Monika

February 3, 2016 - 2:26pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Monika

Your sister needs to have an examination and testing to see if she has tumors, cysts, infections or any kind, or a hormonal imbalance that is causing this bleeding.  This kind of bleeding is not normal.  She needs to see a health care professional and ask for testing. 

Thank you for the translation - what language is that, it's unfamiliar to me...

Best,

Susan

February 3, 2016 - 3:32pm
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Anonymous

I bleed for 3 -5 days after sex everytime. Before I had my baby it was just a light bleed and wanst accompanied by much pain, now however I however I struggle with moderate to bad pelvic pain everyday, even while not on my period, I have heavy vaginal bleeding after sex and its always accompanied by bad back pain. I have also experienced two periods in one month for the first time ever this month. I am not pregnant as I have been tested multiple times. I have beeb diagnosed with endometriosis, so Im not sure if this is the cause though. I do not have medical aid and state docters do npt tell me much as they treat me like I do not know or understand my body. Do you think I ahould dock up the money and go see a private doctor?

December 10, 2015 - 11:31am
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