Why do I bleed after sex?

Barbara J. Depree, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

It is not normal to have bleeding after intercourse. It also doesn't mean there is any serious underlying condition present, but it does deserve attention and should be reviewed with your provider.

Some women will have very superficial, fragile cervical blood vessels that are traumatized by the action of intercourse. Having an STI (sexually transmitted infection) can cause significant irritation to the cervix, causing it to bleed with intercourse. Or a minor yeast infection can cause bleeding as well. A cervical polyp or tumor may be present.

Especially after menopause with the loss of estrogen there is more thinning, and a loss of elasticity of the vaginal tissues and penetration may cause bleeding. Not being adequately lubricated may cause bleeding as well.

Uterine cancer can cause bleeding after intercourse also.

A complete history assessing your risk factors and a careful physical exam with possible additional testing (such as cultures or biopsies) is necessary to better understand the cause of bleeding after sex.

Continue Learning about Sex and Relationships

Increase Sex Drive with Sexy Foods
Increase Sex Drive with Sexy Foods
When your sex drive takes a nosedive (happens to everyone, now and then), you may be able to give your love life a mini pick-me-up with sexy foods. L...
Read More
What is a hermaphrodite?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Dr. Oz and Dr. Devore discuss hermaphroditism. Learn about the causes in this informative video....
More Answers
10 Best Cities for Sex
10 Best Cities for Sex10 Best Cities for Sex10 Best Cities for Sex10 Best Cities for Sex
Find out where men and women are really satisfied.
Start Slideshow
What Are Kegel Exercises?
What Are Kegel Exercises?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.