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Post-Coital Bleeding

Post-coital bleeding is a condition that many women complain of at some time in their lives. It can be caused by a number of things, from physical trauma to underlying health issues. It is important that anyone experiencing post-coital bleeding should get it checked out with their local GP or a gynaecologist, to determine the cause of the problem and to treat it before it becomes more severe.

It is often the case that post-coital bleeding is simply a result of physical trauma. This is something that will go away over time and can be dealt with relatively easily. Any trauma that a woman may have inflicted upon herself or received during intercourse could cause a cut inside the vagina. Many women will see this as a severe problem, but if this it is a result of minor physical trauma then it needn’t be a cause for concern.

When there is no evidence of physical trauma, a gynaecologist may ask the patient some questions relating to the problem, and investigate further to find the cause. Many diseases or other disorders can cause post-coital bleeding. The treatment for post-coital bleeding depends entirely upon the cause. Infections of the vagina such as thrush may cause bleeding. Thrush causes an increased blood flow around the vagina, which makes it more likely for the vagina to bleed. Thrush is an infection that can be treated easily if diagnosed correctly. The patient can take medication to fight it, and then the post-coital bleeding should stop.

Post-coital bleeding is normal in two other instances. One is when a woman has engaged in sexual intercourse for the first time. Blood may be produced from the vagina when the hymen is broken. It is also normal for women who have gone through the menopause to experience post-coital bleeding occasionally. After the menopause the skin of the vagina is thinner and therefore more prone to bleeding. If the condition occurs regularly and becomes a concern, it is important to visit a GP or gynaecologist to discuss it.

It is sometimes the case that post-coital bleeding is a result of a more severe problem such as cervical cancer. If the specialist examining the patient decides that this is the cause of the bleeding, the patient must undergo a series of examinations to determine what is to be done next. Because of this, it is extremely important that women experiencing any kind of post-coital bleeding should consult their GP or gynaecologist in case it does indicate a more serious problem.