Post-Sex Bleeding Whats Normal and Whats Not in Men and Women

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Post-Sex Bleeding Whats Normal and Whats Not in Men and Women Photo by John Dugan

The last thing anybody wants to see during or after sex is blood on his or her body or bed sheets. While any bleeding can easily cause alarm, one does not necessarily have to call 911 in a panic at the first drop of blood. However, it is possible that post-sex bleeding from the penis or vagina is a sign of a much more serious condition which may need medical attention. Some common causes of post-sex bleeding are discusses here, along with tips for ensuring better vaginal and penis health.

Why would a woman bleed during sex?

Post-sex bleeding from a woman is a much more common situation than it is for a man, though it is still nothing to blow off and ignore. Obviously, a woman should consider whether she is due to get her period soon; if so, that could very well solve the mystery. If she is not menstruating, there are other benign causes of bleeding during and after sex including:

  • Loss of virginity
  • Infrequent sex or early sexual experiences
  • Excessive friction from rough sex
  • Not enough lubrication or foreplay during sex
  • A minor tear or injury in the uterine lining
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginitis (inflammation)
  • Yeast infection

When a woman should see a doctor:

If it is a rare occasion that a woman bleeds after sex, or the cause is very obvious to her, she likely does not need immediate medical attention, but will want to mention it at her yearly female examination. However, if the bleeding is accompanied by severe vaginal or abdominal pain, occurs during every sexual encounter, or is regularly occurring in a post-menopausal woman, the bleeding may be caused by something abnormal, and she should seek medical attention right away. It is important to note that bleeding in post-menopausal women is always considered abnormal and is a reason to speak with a doctor. A doctor will likely complete a pelvic examination and lab work, as this may be a symptom of one of the following more serious conditions:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Cervicitis
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pregnancy
  • Other sexually transmitted infection

Why does a man bleed after sex?

Most men are not accustomed to seeing blood down there, so it may come as even more of a shock to them than their female counterparts -- who are at least used to dealing with blood on some level. A man may experience mild bleeding after sex for the following reasons:

  • Vigorous sex & excessive friction
  • Prostate irritation
  • Urethral irritation
  • Infrequent sex
  • Inflammation of the urethra or prostate
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Broken blood vessel
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Cancer
  • Severe bladder or kidney infection
  • Trauma to the penis
  • Obstruction in the tubes or ducts

Because bleeding from the penis is far less common, a man should not waste any time seeking medical attention - unless it is very obviously caused by an external source such as friction. If there has been a history of blood in the man’s semen, he experienced pain while ejaculating, bleeding is heavy or does not stop, he has a fever, or he has pain or difficulty urinating he should speak with his doctor right away, as one of these more serious conditions may be indicated.

Maintaining the health of the penis

Of course, men cannot protect their penis from every unusual ailment; however, a little bit of prevention goes a long way to keeping the Johnson healthy. First and foremost, sexually active men should regularly be screened for infections to ensure they are healthy. Most doctors recommend every six months - or more - for men who have multiple partners. Secondly, a man needs to eat right and exercise - yes what is good for the heart is good for the penis - so getting that heart pumping and watching the diet will help keep circulation to the area strong. This will, in turn, help keep erections strong. Lastly, all men should step up their personal hygiene routine by adding a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) to their post-shower routine. Selecting a health cream full of vitamins and minerals can help boost circulation, fight odor causing bacteria and enhance sensitivity making for an all-over healthy manhood. In addition, high-end moisturizers may support the skin’s natural lubricating properties, reducing the chances of friction-related injuries in both men and women.

Author's Profile

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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