Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Sometimes, your vagina bleeds. Of course, you know this, as you bleed during your period. While bleeding during sex might sound alarming, there are many non-serious possible explanations.
Causes of bleeding after sex
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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.
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Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions will remain anonymous. Please send your questions to tips bustle. Just regular times. Could this be medically significant? No one ever told me about bleeding after sex. Your vagina, while a total badass that can squeeze out a tiny human all by itself, is also made of pretty tender material. Your vaginal canal is also connected to a bunch of other delicate and complex areas, and disruption of those can result in some bleeding.
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.