Bleeding After Sex: When To Call Your Provider

Noticing blood on the sheets or when using the restroom after sexual intercourse can be alarming. There are plenty of reasons why this can occur – everything from hormonal changes to infections. In this edition of our blog series, “What’s Up, Down There?” we explore why bleeding after sex can occur, when it’s normal, and when it’s time to call your provider.

What Causes Bleeding After Sex?

Postcoital bleeding (as it’s medically known) or bleeding after sex can be caused by a host of reasons – some are completely harmless and others may require medical attention. We’ll cover possible common causes below.

When Is Bleeding After Sex Normal?

Light spotting immediately following intercourse can occur for a variety of benign reasons, such as around your period or as a result of vaginal dryness. The most important thing to take note of is the amount of blood and how frequently it occurs. If the bleeding is light and only occurs occasionally then it’s likely nothing to worry about.

When Should You Contact Your Provider?

If the bleeding persists or happens frequently, it’s best to contact your Axia Women’s Health provider. They can perform an exam and rule out any underlying medical issues that may be causing the bleeding. It’s especially important to contact your provider if you experience any other symptoms such as pain during intercourse, unusual vaginal discharge, fever, painful urination, lower abdominal pain/cramping or itching around the genital area. These are all signs that something more serious may be going on and should never be ignored.

Bottom Line

Bleeding after sex can sometimes be completely normal due to changes in hormone levels or friction caused by sex, but it can also be a sign of something more serious. If the bleeding lasts more than a day or occurs frequently after sex, it’s important to contact your Axia Women’s Health provider right away. Your provider can help identify any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the issue before it becomes worse. Early diagnosis and treatment are key for preventing further complications down the line, so don’t hesitate to seek help if needed! And as always, you know your body best. If something feels off, don’t be afraid to speak up.

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