You asked, we answered: Is bleeding after sex normal

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Is bleeding after sex normal?

Answered by University Health Center provider Joelle Vogltance, MSN, APRN

It depends. If it happens once or twice, it is probably not something to worry about. If it happens often, or if the bleeding is heavy or lasts for several days, it is not normal and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Bleeding after sex can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Having rough intercourse
  • Having a well-endowed partner
  • Benign anatomic differences in the vagina, cervix or uterus
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Bacterial infection (bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection)
  • Having intercourse for the first time
  • Insufficient arousal or not using enough lubricant

If you experience frequent bleeding after sex and are concerned, it is a good idea to get evaluated by a health care professional. We can perform a pelvic exam, order STI testing and provide other care based on your needs. Even if you only have bleeding after sex once, but are worried about it, come in to get checked out for peace of mind. Remember to be open and honest with your provider during your visit. We will ask you questions about your sex life that may feel personal. We aren’t trying to pry. This information helps us understand your unique situation and gives us insight into what could be causing the bleeding. 

Call 402.472.5000 to schedule an appointment and learn more about our sexual and reproductive health services.