You’ve just finished having sex with your partner. Relaxed breathing, a moment of bliss, a sigh of satisfaction; you look down and see blood on the sheets! You don’t have periods and aren’t supposed to get it anytime soon. So, what went wrong?
Don’t worry, it’s no cause for concern. While “Postcoital Bleeding” (Medical name) after sex can be a little alarming, it’s also fairly common- affecting up to 9% of women.
If you have minor bleeding after sex, chances are that everything is absolutely fine. But the only way to make sure it’s not anything serious is to consult a doctor.
Let’s look at the various possibilities and reasons that can lead to Blood-stained sheets after sex –
Not Enough Lube
If you’re not wet enough during penetration, there’s a chance you might bleed. Yes, the vaginas are self-lubricating. However, not everybody produces enough of their own natural lube.
Therefore, it’s important to use a lot of lube everywhere to protect your skin so it doesn’t get chafed by friction.
We’ve told you once, we’ve told you twice and we’ll probably tell you this a thousand times more-
NO AMOUNT OF LUBE IS EVER ENOUGH!
You’re Actually On Your Period
This may seem an obvious reason for you to bleed. But sometimes when you notice blood on your sheets, it’s because you’re on your period. It could be the start of your period or it could be one of those surprise visits after it ends.
Sometimes, your periods may come earlier than expected. Because of the hormonal imbalance and fluctuation that can happen at different times in your body.
You’re Having Sex For The First Time
It’s commonly believed that when you have your very first sexual interaction i.e. penis-in-vagina sex, you will bleed. Since the hymen in your vagina breaks, thereby ‘popping the cherry’ leading to bloodshed.
Although it’s not always true. Because the hymen naturally wears away with time, can break with
Yes, I get it, people like rough sex. It makes them feel like horny animals. Sometimes sex gets rougher than we intended and can result in tiny tears in your vaginal walls. Thus, bleeding.
The good news: Your vagina heals itself.
Your vagina is made of sensitive tissues.
Sensitivity = prone to bacterial infections = itching/ pain + sex = bleeding.
Vaginal itching is pretty common among people, but should never be taken for granted. To figure out the cause you need to consult your doctor.
You Have STD
If you’re bleeding after sex, this could be something really alarming like sexually transmitted diseases. This could have other unpleasant side effects such as itching, burning, pain, and changes in your vaginal discharge.
If you notice any of these talk to your doctor to get tested.
The hormonal changes in your body are pretty normal. There’s nothing to be worried about and it’s probably NBD. Estrogen helps keep the vaginal walls thick and strong.
The changes in your body can sometimes lead to lower estrogen levels resulting in thinner vaginal walls, which in turn, results in vaginal bleeding during sex.
Reaching far within a vagina with a penis, a finger, or a toy, (or any other stuff that basically fulfills whatever sexual desires you may possess) can occasionally cause a little trauma to the cervix.
Since the average size of a vagina is just 3 inches and the things you use for penetration can create a bit laceration to the vagina.
Side Effects Of Birth Control
When you first start taking birth control or when you start a new pill, it can take a few months for your body to adjust to that. This can sometimes lead to bleeding after sexual intercourse.
The hormonal shift that takes place in your body can result in vaginal dryness and thus resulting in bleeding.
You May Have Cancer
Bleeding during or after sex can indicate that you have vaginal, cervical, or uterine cancer. Remember, this isn’t the only cause that your mind should jump to.
Just go to your doctor to find out if it’s something serious. Even if you end up with cancer cells in your body, calm your mind and relax for a moment. There are many treatments for this disease.
In the case of cancer, the earlier you catch it the better off you’ll be.
We’ve read the various possibilities causing bleeding after sex.