We call bleeding after sexual intercourse ‘post-coital bleeding’ or P.C.B. Several conditions could be responsible:

  • most women have bleeding with first intercourse as the hymen is opened.
  • vaginal infections (vaginal infections) such as ‘thrush’ may increase the blood supply and render the vaginal surface more prone to bleeding.
  • cervical ectopy and cervicitis (cervical erosion) may be result in bleeding from the cervix after intercourse.
  • cervical polyps (cervical polyps) are another cause.
  • after the menopause, the vaginal skin becomes thin and inflamed so that post-coital bleeding may occur (postmenopausal bleeding).
  • pre-malignant changes of the cervix may be associated with post-coital bleeding.

  • cervical cancer (Q32.07) usually presents with irregular bleeding, which can follow intercourse.
  • a possibility of trauma from a finger-nail should be considered if, during examination by your doctor, there is no obvious cause for the bleeding.

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