When to worry about post-coital bleeding?

Post-coital bleeding or bleeding after sex can be linked to a number of reasons and not all of them are sinister, but if you are worried it is always worth double checking.

Bleeding after sex can be a sign of a health condition:

  • An infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

  • Vaginal dryness caused by reduced vaginal secretions, often after the menopause

  • Damage to the vagina, such as tears caused by childbirth, or by dryness or friction during sex

  • Cervical or endometrial polyps (benign, non-cancerous growths in the womb or the lining of the cervix)

  • Cervical ectropion (also known as cervical erosion), where there is an inflamed area on the surface of the cervix

  • In rare instances, bleeding after sex can be a sign of cervical or vaginal cancer.

We cannot stress enough how important it is that all women aged 25 to 64 get regular cervical screening tests to help prevent cervical cancer.

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