bleeding after sex

Bleeding After Sex: Is It Normal or Something Else?

Bleeding after sex can be a fairly common situation for a woman after first time or even a couple of days afterwards. Most of the time it’s nothing major and will go away on its own. Usually, vaginal bleeding after sex is not heavy enough to bring you to an emergency room in the middle of night. However, if there is a heavy, bright red sheet-soaking puddle, or if you bleed when pregnant or when you are postmenopausal; it’s a cause of concern that requires medical attention.

Major Causes of Bleeding After Sex

Light bleeding or spotting after sex can occur if your vagina is not well-lubricated. This happens when you are not aroused enough to self-lubricate for sex.

You may also have polyps, or tear drop like tissues, that form in the reproductive tract. These can hang down from the cervix into the vagina where they might be irritated during sex. This is because polyps have many blood vessels feeding them, causing them to bleed easily during intercourse.

Bleeding After Sex from Fibroids

Uterine fibroids can also cause bleeding after sex. Fibroids are non-cancerous overgrowths of the muscular tissue in the uterus that can develop during a woman’s reproductive years. They can range in size, from as small as a pea to as large as the size of a grapefruit. Fibroids, like polyps, require a large supply of blood, which can lead to bleeding after sex. They may also degenerate when overgrown, causing you heavy bleeding, pain, and discomfort.

Other Possible Causes of Bleeding After Sex

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Cervical caner
  • Inadequate lubrication or foreplay
  • Menstruation
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Injury to the uterine lining (endometrium)
  • Cervical inflammation due to sexually transmitted disease
  • Uterine cancer

Additionally, you can also experience bleeding during sex when you start or change contraceptives, there is an early pregnancy, or as a result of endometrial tissue growth outside of the uterus (endometriosis).

If you need to change your pad or tampon every hour or if you pass unusually large clots, you should see a doctor. Bleeding after or during sex is not good for your health, especially if you bleed every time you have sex. If bleeding after sex worries you, it’s a good idea to get yourself evaluated to determine if it’s uterine fibroids that may be causing your bleeding, pain, pressure and urinary urgency. Our uterine fibroid specialists can help determine the cause of your bleeding after sex, and recommend treatment, if needed.

Treating Uterine Fibroids

At USA Fibroid Centers, our expert interventional radiologists diagnose uterine fibroids with the help of latest medical technologies, such as ultrasound, MRI and CT scan.  If fibroids are detected during the exam, our uterine fibroid specialist may advise you about the non-surgical treatment for fibroids, known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

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This method of fibroid treatment is minimally-invasive and is performed under local anesthesia.  Your uterus will not be removed, so you will be able to conceive in future if you choose. You will be awake during the procedure and it’s normally completed within 30-45 minutes. There is no expensive, lengthy hospital stay and you will be discharged immediately after your procedure. You may be given an OTC pain medication, and you should be able to return to work and your normal routine within a week.

To book your consultation with our fibroid specialist to know whether you are the right candidate to receive treatment for uterine fibroids with non-surgical UFE method, please call us at 855.615.2555 or book online.

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