March 14th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

What would cause bleeding during sex?

Thanks for your question. I'm glad that you got checked out and that your tests were normal. Bleeding during or after sex is a relatively common occurrence that can have many causes, most of which are not serious or dangerous. There are some instances when medical treatment is necessary, however, so further evaluation would be helpful if this bleeding continues. To better help you, I consulted Dr. Gary Glasser of Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics in Decatur, Georgia. Dr Glasser shares the following information:

Bleeding after sexual intercourse (also called "post-coital bleeding") is not rare; up to 10% of women have had this at some point in their lives. Abnormal bleeding can bring up the thought, "Is this cancer?" Fortunately, the risk of cancer with post-coital bleeding is not common (thousands of women will have this type of bleeding for every one cancer found).

Should a woman have an episode of post-coital bleeding, she should see her health care professional. The vagina may be the source of the blood, as small tears from intercourse may occur at any age (but more commonly after menopause due to the loss of elasticity or "vaginal dryness" as it is commonly known). The cervix may have a benign (not life-threatening) condition where the cells usually found on the inside the cervical canal are on the outside of the cervix. These cells are sensitive to touch (such as during a Pap smear or intercourse) and may bleed. Any vaginal discharge should be cultured and looked at under a microscope, since infections such as chlamydia can cause bleeding if they affecting the cervix. Also, benign cervical polyps (they look like little skin tags on the cervix) can easily and painlessly be removed in an office setting.

A Pap smear should be done if the woman is due for one (depending on her age and previous Pap smear history) and any lesions on the cervix (or the vagina) should be biopsied to evaluate for pre-cancer or cancer of the cervix.

In the majority of cases, however, no cause is found for the post-coital bleeding. If the bleeding persists or there is bleeding other than post-coital, a further evaluation of the cervical canal and/or uterus should be done by a gynecologist.

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  1. Liz Christian

    Nice comments very grown up and caring. I had a polyp. It bled. I was scared for days it was cancer. Thankful it wasn't.

    March 14, 2011 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. varks

    Yeah bleeding may not be a major problem but it could be. For example, I was only 23 at the time but this happened to me and I ended up being diagnosed with a serious issue that could have lead to uterine cancer. It is fairly rare in females my age (more likely to happen to women in during their menopausal years) but it did happen to me. Now I have biopsies once a year. I had surgery and I have been on medication ever since. Any time you are bleeding for "no reason" it isn't a joke.

    March 14, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • aubrie

      I too had this. Had to have the cervix "de-nuded" of the surface layer. Burned inside and out. It was uncomfortable but it remedied the problem for a few years anyway... Until the pap smears started coming back funky. Then I had to have a hysterechtomy. Cervix removed as well. It was the start of cancer. Nothing to fool around with.

      March 14, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      I had it too, and no cause was ever found. Twenty years afterward I am still just fine. So, definitely see your doctor, but the odds are great that nothing serious is wrong.

      March 18, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
  3. bigrichard

    A gunshot wound to the leg?

    March 14, 2011 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. livinglifeincalifornia

    I have this problem, especially during intercourse. I have been to 2 doctors, however, I have Blue Shield of California. My last doctor sent me to get xrays, blood tests, and so on. After about 1000, out of my pocket because Blue Shield of California would not pay for the unecessary xrays, and my return visit, I still have the problem, first doctor told me I need to lose wieght and the second one said its normal. Talk about pathetic!

    March 14, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Samantha Milton

      Buy folic acid tablets and take them when your on your period (every day) it worked for me after a year and a half of worrying.

      September 20, 2014 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
  5. Bob, Fresno, CA

    Bleeding is bad, santorum is good.

    March 14, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. suzanne

    Why wasn't endometriosis mentioned? That's the most common reason for pain and bleeding with intercourse. One in 10 women has it, yet it's hardly discussed.

    April 5, 2011 at 17:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sean

    What if it is a male, and the bleeding is accompanied by excruciating pain?

    April 7, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • frank

      Sounds normal to me.

      April 9, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
  8. Lavonda dance

    Can bleeding during intercourse mean pragnancy

    November 13, 2011 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. LaShaun

    Im having that same problem but i have did a pap smear and there was nothing but I did go to the ER and they said that it was my uterus and it was irritated and a little swollen. But what is there for me to do?

    December 22, 2011 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Samantha Milton

      Buy folic acid tablets and take them when your on your period (every day) it worked for me after a year and a half of worrying.

      September 20, 2014 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
  10. True

    It is happening more and more during sex. It is when my boyfriend doesn't take time to "warm my oven" that it is apparent. When I'm aroused it is not a problem. Why?

    February 5, 2012 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kristen

    I was having a lot of cramping with orgasms or sometimes even just from getting worked up. I went to two different doctors and they both said that if it wasn't bothering me all the time, I shouldn't worry about it. They told me just to take tylenol before sex. I assumed it was my IUD and had it removed. Now, I'm still on a progesterone-only birth control and the last two times I've had sex, I have bleed during sex. It wasn't rough or anything, and I am not on my period. I'm wondering if these could be related or if something serious is going on.

    February 18, 2012 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ann

    i'm 48 y/o and still have my regular perods..i wonder why i have spotting after sex...im not using any bcp..please help..

    March 23, 2012 at 01:40 | Report abuse | Reply
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  14. Tiffany

    Please email me if you have any information. I'm 18 years old and have had a regular periods, or what would be regular to me because I know when to expect my period for the past year and a half. Me and my boyfriend had actually had intercourse in between my ovulation and most fertile days. July came and in the beginning of the first few weeks I was waiting for my period. We ended up deciding well we will have some intercourse on the 16th of july. He immediately pulled out within a few minutes, if that. I asked him what was wrong and he said it feels different. & that's when I noticed the blood. and for the next 2 days I had cramps that we're just about equal in pain to my menstral cramps. Then they stopped and I continued to bleed with no pain.(mind you during my menstral time I do bleed heavy and I cramp badly.) leading up to Yesterday, the bleeding got lighter and finally stopped and then I would only bleed when I went to the bathroom to pee. by 1 o'clock yesterday I had passed a semi large gray clump. I couldn't exactly describe it. After that there was really no more bleeding. About an hour ago me and my boyfriend stupidly decided to have intercourse. He said it didn't feel different but when I checked I was bleeding again accompanied by plenty of clear mucus. it wasn't much blood and this whole time of bleeding found July 16th til today I can say it was nothing like a normal period. today would make my last day of my so called period.. If that's what this is. if it's a late period I'm curious as to why because normally I expect my period Within the first 2 weeks of the month. never later than that. now I frequently feel like I have to pee. I have no idea what to do it stressful it's confusing I just wanna know what's going on with my body. please email me back if you have any ideas or questions that could lead up to any kind of answers I would appreciate anything. tparenteau08@gmail.com

    July 18, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • crystal

      hi, I saw your post as I was looking around online. Sounds like you are pregnant and are losing your mucous plug. Please see doctor.

      December 28, 2012 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
  15. patrice

    I just would like to know is it posibble I can take meds. So that this doesn't accrue any more

    November 24, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. meagan

    Please help me if you know anything about this. Im 19 and for a while now, after i have intercourse i bleed. sometimes its a little, and sometimes its alot. Saturday night, me and my bf had intercourse and i started bleeding, but it wasnt really blood, it was a clear-pinkish color. I dont think im pregenant since i was on birth control for awhile. but i have been off of it for 2 months and still havent had a period. is that normal or should i be worried and take a test?? help me if u can please!!

    June 4, 2013 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Samantha Milton

      Buy folic acid tablets and take them when your on your period (every day) it worked for me after a year and a half of worrying.

      September 20, 2014 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
  17. ale

    please help me nd my bf have sex nd it lasts for 15minutes aftr that i slightly bleed dis happends very rarely but im worried. wat am i supposed to do please help

    June 8, 2013 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lena

    I'm 17 years old .Mostly everytime me & my boyfriend have sex , i bleed.Sometimes it hards & sometimes it doesn't.We've had sex plenty of times but i still bleed .I don't understand.Is there something wrong with me? Should I see a doctor ? I'm getting really scared.HELP ME D:

    June 17, 2013 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Samantha Milton

      Buy folic acid tablets and take them when your on your period (every day) it worked for me after a year and a half of worrying.

      September 20, 2014 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
  19. Aisha obatolu

    Love what I have read, but am not convinced enough.you mean I shouldn't fear if I see blood during sex?

    October 26, 2013 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Samantha Milton

    Well. I had this problem for a year and a half. Dont anymore though. Went to several doctors who all gave me yeast infection meds. Was wondering why they never worked. Was worried. One day told my girl about it. She told me to try take folic acid tablets. Believe it or not. it worked. I guess i had some folic acid deficiency. but i thank God (and my girlfriend) that the problem is solved.

    September 20, 2014 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Janette

    I had my period like normal every month. Last month when my period was ending (around the 17th of March) my boyfriend and I had intercourse. I bled during and then on the 28th of March I started bleeding again. It was a light bleeding not like my usual period. I had no pain whatsoever and continued to bleed like that for a little over 2 weeks. I'm not bleeding anymore. I've taken 2 home pregnancy test and both have came out negative. I'm worried as to what's wrong with me..

    April 21, 2015 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dimpy N

    I had sex with my husband but have no bleeding during first or second sex how i get blood

    May 25, 2015 at 01:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. jessica

    please help me and my husband was in the middle of intercourse and i started bleeding im not on my period i ended last week could you still be pregnant i few months ago i had my period was normal then a day after it ended me and husband made love two days later i passed large amount of clots for a week but was not bleeding went to the er they said it was normal that it could be my cycle changing after that it stop and since then i went from haaving a five day period to having a 7 day period or longer last week it only lasted for three days please help

    July 9, 2015 at 02:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Cassy

    I Bleed during sex with a condom is it because im going to get my period soon?

    July 30, 2015 at 06:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. jessica

    when m doing sex than no bleeding in vegina pls tell me how recover

    August 19, 2015 at 02:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. angie Olivia

    Hey I am little worried I just got my period me n my husband we had sex and works I saw a little light blood it never happened to me before what could it be from?

    August 21, 2015 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Sir Emmanuel

    Hie need help on this my wife always bleed when having sex and she always say because were not staying together so I used to come and see her after a months and soo . so my question is it possible for a lady to bleed because she stayed for a month or two without being touched

    September 14, 2015 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Unknown

    How can I tell if bleeding is coming from me or my spouse? The last 2 times we had intercourse there was blood and I can only tell when I go to clean up I would wipe and there would be blood even when I sit up I see it bt that's the only time I see it I won't hv blood the next day

    December 12, 2015 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
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  30. iameileen

    i bleed and feel pain during sex with my boyfriend. what is the cause why pain and bleeding happened during intercourse? i am worried.

    April 26, 2016 at 22:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. granny

    Why do I bleed sometimes during sexual intercourse. I don't feel any discomfort? Please respond

    July 2, 2016 at 02:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. MC

    Hi. I recently stared to have sex again after a lot of years of been celibate. The first 2 times was expecting discomfort and yes, I had a little pain,no much though. But I did bleed and that scared me. I'm in my 40's and even that I was worried with dryness that wasn't the case. The 3rd and 4th time happened without pain but I bled again. How can I stop this from happening?

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  34. Lilly

    Just in the past month or so whenever me and my boyfriend have sex, after he pulls out there is a lot of blood (about a 1/4 cup each time). He asked if i was on my period, I wasn't, and either way the blood was much lighter and much thinner than blood from my period. This has been happening for about a month now. When it first started happening, it really really hurt during sex, now it doesn't hurt but there is still blood. Me and my boyfriend are going to get it checked out but does anyone have any idea ?

    October 31, 2016 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Sheena jean sabug

    hello goodmorning i am 26 yrs from philippines i have 2kids... The problem i want to ask is y when i have sex with my partner i was on a heavy bleeding even its not my menstrational period .. And when we have sex there is something pain inside hope you will help me..pls reply this my facebook account sheenajeansabug@yahoo.com pls help me

    November 11, 2016 at 00:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Name*Babylicious

    Should i be worried,i've never experienced such a thing before..bleeding during sexual intercourse

    February 17, 2017 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. yolly yakit

    Any medicine to take to cure the bleeding during intercourse? And what kind of medicine?

    February 20, 2017 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Eranga

    My girl friend monthly period is 11th and we make sex on 2nd and she didn't get monthly period on 11 . After we make sex on 20 same month . Afterwards we saw in a bed some blood , next month on 11 she got only 2 drop why it's happen ?

    February 23, 2017 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
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  40. Name*Jessica

    I'm 37 years old and my boyfriend is 13 years younger than me. He is well endowed(9 1/2 in) lately when we have sex, I bleed. There is always alot of blood like I'm on my period, but it's thinner than period blood. This has never happened before. We had sex a few time when I was cramping really bad and that's when I started bleeding, nite everytime we have sex, I bleed. What is wrong abd how do I fix it. This is a very embarrassing problem.

    October 10, 2017 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. debh

    Hi...Am 33, have 2 kids... Just to ask,,sometimes why there is a blood during my sex entercours..Is the big size of the partner can caused of it? how can affect me? is it dangerous for women..?

    March 17, 2018 at 00:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Jess

    Okay so. I am 22 and I haven't had a period since I was 12. One day I was masterbating and usually I go to the bathroom after words to take a shower to clean myself up and noticed blood. It kinda freaked me out so I called my boyfriend and he took me to the hospital the dr said it was my period but it stopped that same hour. Well just tonight me and my boyfriend had sex and when I went to the bathroom to clean up there was blood everywhere me him everywhere but I cleaned up and it stopped. I'm kinda worried something is seriously wrong.

    April 14, 2018 at 05:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Lizzy

    If you have sex right after your period, will you bleed during the sex?

    August 2, 2018 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I have been on the depo injection for 3 months I was on it before had no problems and wasn't bleeding now since I have been on this one I had pink blood brown and the red with clots every time I have sex with my partner it's so embarrasing for myself with blood on his self but im not even bleeding every time I have sex please can someone help or give me some information thank s

    February 6, 2019 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
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