Suara.com – Many people think the blood that comes out after sex is ‘virgin blood’. However, in some women, this bleeding can occur after every intercourse.
Bleeding that always occurs every time you have sexual intercourse is called postcoital bleeding. Even though it’s worrying at times, the ob-gyn says not to panic.
“A small amount of spotting may be normal and fine if it’s one-time or on rare occasions,” explains Nichole Mahnert, MD, ob-gyn at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix.
However, it is better to see a doctor if it occurs more than once.
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“Most of the causes are harmless, but some are dangerous.”
Based on HealthHere are some possible causes of postcoital bleeding:
1. Side effects of contraceptives
One of the main benefits of hormonal contraception is its ability to regulate the menstrual cycle, and all types of hormonal contraceptives can cause spotting after sex.
“Usually, you will experience it when you start a new pill. For example, it takes a few months for the body to adjust to it,” continued Mahnert.
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Hormonal contraceptives can also cause vaginal dryness, which can result in tearing or bleeding during intercourse.
2. Sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections can cause many unpleasant symptoms, and post-sex bleeding is one of them, especially if the infection causes inflammation of the cervix called cervicitis.
“A very irritated cervix can bleed from friction,” Mahnert continues.
STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can cause cervicitis.
3. Endometrial polyps
Polyps look like small bumps or pimples that form in the reproductive tract on the cervix or in the uterus.
Benign polyps, their size can range from a few millimeters to centimeters.
“Polyps contain a lot of blood vessels and can bleed if hit. So, you will see a little blood after sex,” said Mahnert.
It should be noted that polyps are more common in elderly women, generally over 40 years.