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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Why did I bleed after intercourse?
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.
Jonathan A Schaffir, MD
Clnical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University