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Post intercourse bleeding

06/09/2008

Question:

I have been celibate for 3 years. Will I bleed during intercourse when I decide to start having it again?

Answer:

It depends on many factors. I am assuming that you have been sexually active in the past. If you are premenopausal, there should not be any problems with vaginal dryness and atrophy (thinning of the vaginal walls and narrowing of the vaginal opening) what occurs with menopause. Without these problems, you shouldn't experience any problems with bleeding.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated