Reasons for Vaginal Bleeding After Sex

By Stacy Lloyd HERWriter
 
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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

I had my period 2 weeks ago and after sex I've been bleeding for three days now and its heavy..what should I do??

August 20, 2015 - 5:10pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Read the Share to see why this may be happening and talk to your doctor. Since this is like a period (not just after-sex bleeding) you may have a cyst or something else that is going on to cause this. 

Best,

Susan

August 21, 2015 - 6:18am
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Anonymous

Hi.
I've recently had a lot of pelvic came that comes in waves. I also get pain during sexual arousal and after sex but not during. & its pelvic pain, never vaginal pain. (Unless I have a UTI; ugh! Lol)
Anyway, I've also noticed that the last two times my fiancé and I have had sex, there's a enough blood to be seen when I wipe after but it's light & it never gets on him. I'm not pregnant as I've had 4 pregnancy tests done by the doctor since we've been trying to figure out the pelvic pain. The bleeding just started, though. I'm not on my period. I've actually only had one period once since June & it was two and a half weeks long. I'm at a loss & while I wait for the doctor's next steps; I was wondering if you had any possibilities that it may be? I know you're not a doctor but you definitely seem a lot more educated than I am about this. I am 19, btw. My fiancé and I have been together for 4 years so I'm not worried about STDs or PID. I also get tested every year with OBGYN just as a check up. I have not had one this year because she just moved and I have to find a new OBGYN. However; I'm not worried about it being anything sexually related.
Thank you.
Have a great day.

August 7, 2015 - 1:30am
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Anonymous

I had a hysterectomy almost two years ago and everything went perfectly.
I was left with one ovary and my cervix only. However, now I bleed after
every time I have sex. Should I be worried? I'm married with only him as a
sexual partner so I know it's not an STD.

August 6, 2015 - 11:52am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

It is recommended to see a doctor if you bleed everytime after sex.  You may just need more lubricant or something as simple as that but you should have a check up just in case. 

Best,

Susan

August 6, 2015 - 2:56pm
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Anonymous

after i had sex i had a bleed for almost 3 days.. it is normal to bleed?? My first sexual eperience is when i was 19 yrs old after i did not repeat it again.. now im 26 yrs old i sex with my bf then after we had a sex i bleed for almost 3 days is that normal thanx

July 17, 2015 - 9:12pm
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Anonymous

after i had sex i had a bleed for almost 3 days.. it is normal to bleed?? My first sexual eperience is when i was 19 yrs old after i did not repeat it again.. now im 26 yrs old i sex with my bf then after we had a sex i bleed for almost 3 days is that normal thanx

July 17, 2015 - 9:11pm
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Anonymous

I'm a non Virgin and I had sex after I finished my period, I'm 15, and I'm scared to death. I want to go see a doctor but I don't want my parents too come with me. I need advice, can you please help?

July 8, 2015 - 5:27pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

What are you afraid of, pregnancy? If so, I assume you are having protected sex.

If not, you may get pregnant - take a test if you don't get your next period on time.

Susan

July 20, 2015 - 4:03pm
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Anonymous

Hi there. I just want to know. If u bleed during sex to a non Virgin what does that mean. I'm really scared. I have been doing my research and I still don't know what it is. Plz help.

July 6, 2015 - 5:19am
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