Sex is messy, thanks to all the bodily fluids involved. But blood should not be on that list of bodily fluids making a regular appearance in the bedroom. Vaginal bleeding during sex is sometimes NBD, but other times it can be a sign of a health problem—like an infection or even cancer—that needs to be addressed. Anal is a topic for another day. Ross, M. They may not always be painful, but they can cause more than just one errant drop of blood. Midcycle spotting can happen when you're ovulating, and that's totally normal, especially for women taking hormonal birth control.
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Vaginal bleeding after sex also known as postcoital bleeding is not an entirely uncommon situation among menstruating women, and it's even more common in postmenopausal women. While the bleeding can sometimes be distressing, the cause is relatively benign in most cases. While most of these causes of bleeding are of no concern, there are times when bleeding could be a sign of a more serious problem. Learn about some of the more common causes of bleeding during and after sex. Sexually transmitted infections STIs , such as chlamydia and gonorrhea , are associated with a range of vaginal symptoms ranging from pelvic pain, itching, and burning to vaginal discharge and frequent, painful urination. The inflammation caused by these STIs can cause surface blood vessels to swell and burst more readily, with the severity of bleeding often associated with the severity of the infection. Trichomoniasis is a type of STI caused by a single-celled parasite. Cervical discharge and cervical bleeding are two of the most common characteristics of the disease. As with chlamydia and gonorrhea, a Trichomonas vaginalis infection is easily treated with an antibiotic.
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Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Sometimes, your vagina bleeds. Of course, you know this, as you bleed during your period.
Back to Women's health. The medical name for this is "postcoital bleeding". If you're concerned because you experience vaginal bleeding after sex, seek advice from your GP or a sexual health clinic genitourinary or GUM clinic. They will ask about your medical history and assess your symptoms.