I had bleeding after sex. Should I be concerned?

Q. Is bleeding after sex normal, or should I be concerned?

Answered by
Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 29, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jan 04, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am in a long-distance relationship and did not have sex for the last two months. My partner and I are together again and have started having sex. On the first day, I had mild pain but no bleeding; on the second day of sex, I had mild bleeding. Today is the third day, and I had spotting after sex. I have also been on a mini pill (progesterone-only) for the last three years, and it has completely stopped my periods. Is the bleeding after sex normal, or should I be concerned?

Kindly advise.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern.

There are many causes of bleeding or spotting post-sexual intercourse. They are:

  • Pelvic infection or a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Vaginal dryness due to reduced vaginal secretions.
  • Vaginal tears due to dryness or friction during sex.
  • Cervical inflammation, ectropion, or growth.

Mild vaginal bleeding could be a side effect of the mini pill. I suggest you use a condom with water-based lubricant. If the bleeding persists, you can visit a local gynecologist for an internal examination to check for any inflammation or infection.

I hope this helps.

Take care.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

The bleeding has stopped today. I also engaged in sexual intercourse, and no bleeding was present. I am feeling better now, and I think it was due to the fact that perhaps I was not active before and suddenly got active again.

I hope to consult you if there is any more concern.

Thank you.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Fine. That is reassuring.

Take care.

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