Possible causes of vaginal bleeding after sex include:

  1. Cervical cancer
  2. Cervical ectropion, a condition in which the inner lining of the cervix protrudes through the cervical opening and grows on the vaginal part of the cervix
  3. Cervical polyps, noncancerous (benign) growths on your cervix
  4. (inflammation of the cervix)
  5. Endometrial cancer
  6. Friction during sexual intercourse
  7. Genital sores that result from sexually transmitted infections, such as genital herpes or syphilis
  8. Inadequate lubrication or foreplay
  9. Injury to the uterine lining (endometrium) during intercourse, especially in women taking oral contraceptives
  10. Menstruation
  11. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  12. Trauma from sexual abuse
  13. Vaginal atrophy
  14. Vaginal cancer
  15. Vaginal dryness
  16. Vaginitis

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Sept. 30, 2017