Bleeding After Sex

Another term for this is post-coital bleeding, and it usually occurs within 24 hours of intercourse. In most cases, it is nothing to worry about, but should be investigated if persistent or if you are concerned.

Bleeding After Sex

Another term for this is post-coital bleeding, and it usually occurs within 24 hours of intercourse. In most cases, it is nothing to worry about, but should be investigated if persistent or if you are concerned.

Possible causes

Common causes are cervical polyps and cervical ectropion. A polyp is a benign (not cancer) growth at the opening of the cervix. Ectropion is a raw area on the outside of the cervix that can become friable, or in other words fragile. An infection (such as chlamydia or gonorrhea) may also cause this.

An uncommon cause of post-coital bleeding is cervical cancer. Even if a recent cervical smear is normal, persistent postcoital bleeding should be investigated. A colposcopy may be indicated.

What to do

Please see your GP if you have persistent or concerning post-coital bleeding.

We can help

If you are experiencing bleeding after sex and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please feel free to contact us. You can also request an appointment online.

Common causes are cervical polyps and cervical ectropion. A polyp is a benign (not cancer) growth at the opening of the cervix. Ectropion is a raw area on the outside of the cervix that can become friable, or in other words fragile. An infection (such as chlamydia or gonorrhea) may also cause this.

An uncommon cause of post-coital bleeding is cervical cancer. Even if a recent cervical smear is normal, persistent postcoital bleeding should be investigated. A colposcopy may be indicated.

Please see your GP if you have persistent or concerning post-coital bleeding.

If you are experiencing bleeding after sex and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please feel free to contact us. You can also request an appointment online.

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