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Bleeding?

07/17/2007

Question:

Why did I bleed after intercourse?

Answer:

There are many possible reasons for bleeding after intercourse.  There could be a small tear or injury.  There could be an infection that causes the vaginal or cervical surface to be inflamed and bleed easily when touched. There could be a small growth, such as a polyp, that has an inflamed surface.  Or there could be an abnormal growth on the cervix called dysplasia that can be a precursor of cervical cancer.

If you only bled once, it was a small amount, and it stopped quickly, it is probably not serious.  But you should have a pelvic examination to be sure that you do not have a condition such as an infection that should be treated.

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Response by:

Jonathan  A Schaffir, MD Jonathan A Schaffir, MD
Clnical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University