What would cause you to bleed after sex? But if your first sexual experience is long past and you notice bleeding after sex, you should have it checked out. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services.
Cramps after sex: Possible causes in men and women
Many women experience vaginal bleeding after sex at one time or another. In fact, up to 63 percent of postmenopausal women experience vaginal dryness and vaginal bleeding or spotting during sex. Additionally, up to 9 percent of menstruating women experience postcoital bleeding. Occasional light bleeding is usually not a cause for concern.
Bleeding after intercourse, also called postcoital bleeding, should be taken very seriously. Most women notice postcoital bleeding within one to two hours after having sex. The most worrisome possibility is that it might be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer. In two studies in the United States, postcoital bleeding led to a diagnosis of cervical cancer between six and 10 percent of the time.
Both men and women can experience cramps after sex. The medical term for pain before, during, or after sex is dyspareunia. Cramps may occur after sex for many reasons, ranging from mild muscle strain to underlying conditions that may require treatment. Similar to during exercise, straining the pelvic and abdominal muscles during sex can sometimes lead to cramping. Tight muscles, dehydration , or working the muscle in an awkward position can all cause cramps.