Answering Your Common Questions: Can Fibroids Cause Bleeding After Sex?

Sex can be messy. But when that “messiness” translates to unexpected and uncontrollable bleeding after the fact, it’s understandable if your nerves suddenly become a little more frayed.

The good news? This isn’t necessarily dangerous.

Particularly if uterine fibroids are the culprit — non-cancerous growths that occur on or around the uterus — an explanation for that bleeding is closer at hand than you may realize. Allow us to explain:

The Basics of Fibroids, Sex, and Bleeding

The fact of the matter is that, yes, uterine fibroids can, in fact, cause vaginal bleeding post-intercourse. And while many fibroid patients may not experience this symptom at all, others may find it to be a common occurrence that disrupts their relationships, libido, and/or overall sex life.

The reason this happens is that fibroids are sustained by blood. Thus, disruptions to the fibroid’s blood flow may cause abnormal bleeding.

“Uterine fibroids can also move the uterus into a more retroverted position … and the jostling associated with deep thrusting during sex can cause pain,” according to Health Central.

Consequently, other women may experience deep dyspareunia — or intercourse that involves pain during deep penetration — in addition to bleeding after sex.

Exploring Menstrual Woes

“Fibroids can reportedly cause your menstrual flow to be excessively heavy and/or cause you to bleed between menstrual cycles. As a matter of fact, such abnormal bleeding is actually one of the most commonly experienced symptoms among women with uterine fibroids.

But how and why, exactly, do fibroids cause bleeding when intercourse is not involved?

“Uterine fibroids may put pressure against the uterine lining, which can cause more bleeding than usual,” according to Everyday Health. “The uterus may not contract properly, which means it can’t stop the bleeding. Fibroids may stimulate the growth of blood vessels, which contributes to heavier or irregular periods and spotting between periods.”

Overcoming Difficulties with Duval Fibroid Center

At the end of the day, it is up to your physician to help you determine:

  • The cause of your post-intercourse bleeding
  • Whether it merits attention and/or concern
  • How best to find a solution

And if you believe your bleeding may be related to uterine fibroids, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Duval Fibroid Center! We specialize in empowering and educating women, as well as helping them find lasting fibroid relief by offering revolutionary uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

To learn more about fibroid symptoms and UFE, reach out to our team today by calling (904) 423-6017! Don’t let fibroids cramp your style.