If you’ve ever had the experience of seeing blood stains appear on the toilet bowl or even on your underwear after you’ve had sex, you know that this can be quite frightening.
When we are not in the menstrual period, any sign of blood in the intimate region automatically makes us turn on an alert about a possible injury or more serious illness.
The situation gets worse if you Google this sign: too many results can make you believe you have cancer, which makes any woman panic.
Keep in mind that the chances of the cause of this bleeding being a malignant tumor are slim compared to all the other possible reasons, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the real reason with the gynecologist, okay?
1. Sexually transmitted diseases
Generally, women who have unprotected sex tend to worry about an unwanted pregnancy, forgetting about the possibility of contracting an STD, especially if the partner is steady.
Even if bleeding occurs months after intercourse, it is recommended to consult the gynecologist so that he can request the necessary tests to detect an STD.
2. Inflammatory Pelvic Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually the result of an STD spreading to the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. In addition to bleeding, symptoms may include pelvic pain, fever, and vaginal discharge.
3. Lack of vaginal lubrication
If your vagina is very dry during sex, it can also lead to bleeding. Vaginal dryness is more common at menopause, so if you’re not at that stage, the lack of lubrication could be due to a low estrogen level.
Pregnancy can cause minor bleeding at first, so it’s a good idea to get tested if you suspect this could be the reason. However, don’t rule out an STD or other illnesses.
5. Very intense sex
A very intense sexual relationship, with vigorous penetrations, generates more friction between the penis and vagina, which can generate trauma that leads to bleeding. Positions different from what you usually practice can also be the cause of the problem.
6. Long time without having sex
Most likely, light post-sexual bleeding that happens after a long period of not having sex is harmless. However, as we cannot see our own uterine cervix, it is recommended to make an appointment with a doctor.
7. Cervical ectopia
Cervical ectopia occurs when the lining of the inner part of the cervical canal becomes located on the outer portion. As this lining is very thin, it is very susceptible to bleeding during sexual intercourse. It may be necessary to cauterize the lesion, so be sure to consult your gynecologist.
Cervical cancer is the main type of malignant tumor among women under 35 years of age. Although vaginal bleeding is a symptom of this type of cancer, the chances are high that the bleeding is caused by another reason.
9. Candida infection
A serious infection with the fungus Candida albicans, naturally present on the vulva, can become vulvovaginitis. The sexual act injures the region that is already sensitized and can cause bleeding.
Polyps, which are small tissue growths anywhere on the body, can be the cause of post-sexual bleeding if they are present in the cervix. Polyps are highly vascularized, so they bleed easily when injured during sex.
While polyps are not malignant, they may need to be removed to prevent future problems.
As you can see, vaginal bleeding after sex can have many different origins and you should not panic before consulting a gynecologist. Usually, the cause can be treated easily, but that doesn’t exempt a medical evaluation, ok?
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