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.
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Back to Women's health. There are many reasons why a woman may bleed after sex. The medical name for this is "postcoital bleeding". If you're concerned because you experience vaginal bleeding after sex, seek advice from your GP or a sexual health clinic genitourinary or GUM clinic. They will ask about your medical history and assess your symptoms.
Blood-stained sheets after sex — when you're not on your period — are naturally going to give you a little cause for concern. There's a lot of reasons why it can happen, through. Whether you typically experience bleeding during sex, bleeding after sex or a bit of both, the causes are usually very similar. This type of bleeding is usually self-limiting and rarely last longer than a few hours. Where bleeding lasts for up to hours, or is a brownish colour, it is more likely to be associated with bleeding from the womb lining.