Is having a small amount of bleeding after sex normal, even though I’m not a virgin or menstruating?

A few different things can cause light bleeding (spotting) after sex. Sometimes sex can cause small tears in your vagina if it’s stretched a lot more than usual, if your vagina is not lubricated enough, or if it’s irritated because of an allergy or yeast infection.

But spotting after sex can also be a sign of an STD like chlamydia or gonorrhea, so it’s best to talk with a doctor or nurse to find out what’s going on. If you haven’t been tested for STDs, it’s important that you get tested. Visit your nearest Planned Parenthood health center to find out what’s causing the spotting.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood