Is It Normal to Bleed After Sex?

Originally Published Rachael Schultz on Jun 09, 2020 Health Fitness | By Jun 09, 2020

Considering we equate blood with injury, bleeding after sex can be particularly terrifying. But, when it comes to post-coital bleeding, it’s usually not cause for serious concern, assures Makeba Williams, M.D., ob-gyn at UW Health in Madison, WI.

In fact, roughly 6 to 9% of women worldwide have bled after sex, according to a 2014 review in Obstetrics and Gynecology International — although some gynecologists believe this number is likely much higher. 

A lot of the time, the red surprise is a sign of hormones fluctuating or some kind of inflammation. That’s part of the reason bleeding post-sex is most common around 20 to 24-year-olds, when women often start birth control and issues like cervical ectropion, cervical polyps, are most likely (more on all of this below). And in roughly half of women, any instance of bleeding after sex will resolve itself, says that same study review.

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