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Question: Recently, after missionary sex with significant other of three years, I experienced bleeding similar to a period. The next day the bleeding had stopped. Is that normal or a sign that I should see a physician? Thank you.

Answer: Bleeding after sex is not normal. The most common cause of vaginal bleeding after sex is vaginal dryness. When the vagina is dry, you have 2 dry surfaces rubbing against each other. Small tears occur in the vagina, causing a small amount of bleeding or spotting. You might also notice burning, swelling and pain during, and after, sex.

Other causes of bleeding after sex include abnormal pap smears, cervical polyps, infections, uterine cancer, and fibroids, among others. You should see your doctor for an exam and pap smear. --Dr. Hilda

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