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. They can then advise you if any treatment is needed.
Bleeding after sex can be a sign of a health condition:
In rare instances, bleeding after sex can be a sign of cervical or vaginal cancer.
Depending on any other symptoms and your medical history, your GP may recommend some tests or examinations, such as:
If the problem is caused by vaginal dryness, they may recommend that you try using lubricating gels.
You may also be referred to a specialist, such as a gynaecologist or genitourinary specialist.
It’s important that all women aged 25 to 64 get regular cervical screening tests to help prevent cervical cancer. Read more information about cervical screening tests.