Bleeding after sex, or after sexual intercourse, refers to vaginal bleeding that occurs immediately following vaginal intercourse, or during the days following it. It may be a sign of a number of health problems, including genital tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), cancer, and gynecological disorders such as fibroids or adenomyosis. Bleeding after sex should be evaluated by a doctor in order to determine the exact cause of the bleeding and the treatment required to address it.
What does bleeding during or after sex mean
There are a few different things that can cause bleeding during or after sex. One possibility is that you have an infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Another possibility is that you have a vaginal or cervical injury, such as from rough sex or using an object that’s too big. If you’re postmenopausal, vaginal atrophy (a condition where the vaginal walls thin and become less elastic) can also cause bleeding.
Non-sexual reasons for bleeding
There are a few non-sexual reasons for post-coital bleeding. These include: menopause, taking certain medications, vaginal dryness, using too much force during sex, or having an underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing any other symptoms, it’s best to consult with a doctor to rule out anything serious.
Ways to reduce your chances of bleeding during or after sex
- Use a water-based lubricant during sex. This will help reduce friction and make sex more comfortable.
- Take breaks during sex if you need them. This will help your body relax and reduce the chances of you getting too tense or excited, which can lead to bleeding.
- Try different positions. Some positions (like missionary) can be more likely to cause bleeding because of the way they put pressure on your vagina.