If you are in the throes of passion and suddenly you spy spots of blood on the bed sheets, it can be alarming and a bit embarrassing if you're in a new relationship. Have you cut yourself? Did you miscalculate your period date? No, so why are you bleeding? Bleeding during or after sex an be unexpected and unnerving in equal measures — but there are a number of reasons this could be happening and it's unlikely to be anything serious, so try not to worry. The most important thing is to always get checked out by your doctor if something is amiss.
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That said, the symptom is not unheard of: up to nine percent of all sexually active women experience postcoital bleeding at some point in their lives , according to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology International. Oftentimes, seeing blood is a lot scarier than the root of the issue, which could involve any of the following:. Infections are often to blame for post-coital bleeding among women younger than 40, according to Dr. Dweck, who says yeast and bacterial infections can lead to inflammation of the delicate tissues that line the vascular, i. Yeast infections are treatable with over-the-counter antifungal meds, but persistent ones may require attention from a doctor. In the meantime, use a barrier method like condoms to prevent passing anything back and forth between partners.
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Bleeding from the penis can occur for a number of reasons. However, blood in your sperm haematospermia or urine haematuria should be investigated immediately, as it can be an indicator of an underlying medical condition. We look at the symptoms and possible causes for bleeding from the penis, and when to see your doctor:.
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