But if your first sexual experience is long past and you notice bleeding after sex, you should have it checked out.
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But bleeding after sex can sometimes signal a larger problem. While some go away without treatment, medication or a minor procedure can resolve other problems. Your doctor can help you determine the cause and treatment, if needed. If you have sex right before or after your period, that may explain your bleeding.
Keeping track of your cycles is helpful for resolving such questions. If dryness is severe, the friction of intercourse may cause bleeding. Using lubrication during sex may help. If estrogen is the issue, your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy in pill, insert or cream form. It may cause bleeding or a change in your vaginal discharge. Sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia. Bacterial vaginosis, or an imbalance of the naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina.
Trichomoniasis, or a sexually transmitted infection from a parasite. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. This is normal for many women and would not require treatment , but if there are symptoms, such as excessive discharge or bleeding, it could require treatment.
If you have bleeding or pain that interferes with your sex life, your doctor may recommend cauterization. During this outpatient procedure, your doctor will use heat or cold therapy to treat the area and stop the bleeding. Almost all cervical polyps are benign. If your symptoms are minor, you may not need treatment.
When they are removed, it is because of a small chance of abnormal cells in association with irregular bleeding. All removed polyps are sent for evaluation to make sure the cells are normal. If the condition is severe enough, it may cause bleeding. For minor prolapse, your doctor may recommend weight loss or kegel exercises to strengthen muscles in the area.
In more severe cases, your doctor can insert a ring to support the tissue or perform surgery to repair it. But they may bleed after you have intercourse. Your doctor may do further testing to get a closer look and determine if they are cancerous. A procedure can remove lesions with either a laser or freezing technique. It is often the first symptom of cancer. If cervical cancer is diagnosed, your doctor will refer you to a gynocologic oncologist for further management.
For pre-cancerous cells, a simple outpatient treatment can remove abnormal cells. If the cells are cancerous, your doctor likely will recommend chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. When should you see your doctor? Your doctor will take a health history and ask about: It can help determine the need for any further tests or procedures.
If your testing shows no problems, but your bleeding continues — and it only occurs after sex — your doctor will likely want to check your cervix and do a biopsy.
This may show any underlying condition that a physical exam and pap smear did not find.