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Anonymous on September 9, 2011

What causes bleeding during sex?

The last two times my boyfriend and I had sex, I started to bleed. There’s blood on his penis when he pulls out. Do you know why this could be happening?

answered by
Annette Fuglsang Owens, MD, PhD on September 9, 2011

Thanks for your sharing your important question that’s important for all women.

Sometimes, women may bleed a little bit between their periodsespecially during ovulation. But it’s not safe to assume that’s what’s going on.

Instead, see your doctor for a pelvic exam and Pap test. Why? Because bleeding from sexual contact can be an early sign of serious problems like cervical cancer.

For your health and peace of mind, it’s best to see your doctor right away. If it turns out that your symptom is nothing serious, that’s great. And if the bleeding you describe points to a more serious condition, you can get the treatment you need. Remember, early detection and diagnosis is critical…cervical cancer, for example, is very treatable if it’s caught early.

Thanks again for asking about this very important topic, and I wish you good health.

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Annette Fuglsang Owens, MD, PhD

Dr. Owens is an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor. Her areas of expertise include the medical aspects of human sexuality and sexual problems, as well as the impact of STDs ⎼ and other diseases, illnesses and disabilities ⎼ on sexuality. Dr. Owens was educated at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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