Vaginal bleeding after sex happens more frequently than most women realize. Although it does douse the post-coital glow, consider it as a cold water wake-up call. If post-coital bleeding happens to you, try not to obsess about “worst case scenario”.
There are various reasons for vaginal bleeding; most are not life-threatening. However, it would be prudent to consult with your medical practitioner, if only for peace of mind.
Benign uterine polyps may result in bleeding between menstrual periods; breakthrough spotting could be a result of menopause or when taking hormones.
If bleeding is accompanied by itching, burning and discharge, the culprit could be a yeast infection. Trichomoniasis is generally considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but women might also contract it from hot tubs or swimming pools. This STD can also cause vaginitis.
Bacterial infections such as Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, which are also sexually transmitted diseases, could lead to bleeding after sex.
Fibroid tumors are experienced by about 50% of women, making them one of the most common causes of vaginal bleeding. The good news – fibroids are generally benign and treatable.
Before worrying yourself into an early grave, be mindful that the majority of causes of vaginal bleeding after sex are totally treatable. See your medical practitioner, swallow your pills and resume intimate relations.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact Houston OBGYN Dr. Lisa Otey for more information or an appointment.
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