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Should I get checked for STDs if my vagina bleeds after sex?

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Question:

"I always bleed after having intercourse. Is that normal? Should I get this checked out?"

- Anonymous

Response:

It is difficault to answer this question. You should really get checked out by a medical professional. We will try to clear some things up for you.

When your vagina bleeds, it can be a sign of an infection. It can either be an STD or an organic infection (like a yeast infection or vaginitis). It can also be something else altogether.

To begin, we should point out that a woman's period can fluctuate based on the things going on in her life. Elements like sickness, stress and physical activity changes can affect the timing of your period. You can also experience abnormal bleeding.

In a perfect setting, a woman's period will start every 28 days. In the real world, this is often not the case. You may potentially have an annovolatory cycle (which means that your body did not release an egg in any given month). A missed period can lead to increasingly irregular periods. While this experience can be considered healthy, you should really see a doctor if you are worried about your periods. They will often have strategies to help you regulate your periods.

Another possibility is that you were already bleeding, albeit in small amounts, before you had intercourse. You may have only noticed it afterwards because of the increase in sexual fluids.

Another strong possibility is that the sexual encounters you've been experiencing are too rough. You may need to use more lubrication. You should speak to your partner about your level of comfort. That's a good way to make sure that you enjoy yourself and you do not end up bleeding when your sexual activities areover. STDs can be transmitted four ways: through blood, through skin to skin contact, from mother to child during birth, and through sexual fluids. In practice, this means that you can receive or transmit an STD during oral, vaginal or anal sex. 

A lot of people are under the impression that oral sex cannot spread STDs. This is incorrect. The majority of STDs can be spread during oral sex.

You can reduce your chances of contracting an STD by practicing safe sex. This includes using dental dams and condoms. Even if you have been practicing safe sex exclusively, it is important to get yourself tested.

The best thing you can do in your situation is get yourself tested. If you receive a positive result, you can then discuss treatment options with a medical professional.

We wish you the best of luck and hope that your symptoms are not related to a disease. 


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