DefinitionBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Vaginal bleeding after sex is common and can happen when you're not menstruating or don't expect to be menstruating. Although it's often called "vaginal" bleeding, the term refers to bleeding from the vagina as well as bleeding from other parts of your genital and urinary systems.
Vaginal bleeding after sex occurs most often in younger, premenopausal women and doesn't necessarily mean that you need to see a doctor. But vaginal bleeding after sex in older, postmenopausal women is less common and warrants a visit to your doctor to find out what's causing it.
Nov. 26, 2014
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