Bleeding during or after sex

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Seiji Kanazawa

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Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN)

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Bleeding during or after sexual intercourse can be as little as spotting or light staining of discharge. This is also called postcoital bleeding.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Abdominal pain

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Intermenstrual bleeding

Possible Causes

  • Cervical polyp

    A growth on the cervix (outlet of the womb). This is usually non-cancerous, but can cause bleeding or become infected. Risk factors include age (40 to 60 years old) and previous childbirth.

  • Trichomoniasis

    Infection of the vagina by a parasite called Trichomonas. The disease is sexually transmitted, but does not cause any symptoms in men.

  • Atrophic vaginitis

    A condition where the vaginal surface becomes dry and thin. This is commonly seen after menopause, due to a decrease in female hormone levels. Symptoms include itching and painful intercourse.

  • Chlamydia infection
  • Herpes simplex
  • Gonorrhea
  • Cervical cancer

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  • Do you have bleeding during or after sexual intercourse?

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