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What causes bleeding during sex?
Annette Fuglsang Owens, MD, PhD on September 9, 2011
Sometimes, women may bleed a little bit between their periods…especially 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.
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.