I’ve recently started having sex with my boyfriend, but every time we do it, I end up getting my period – even if I wasn’t due for it. We are very safe while having sex and we are each others’ first. I’m confused why this is happening, and if there is any way of stopping it? I am too scared to tell him about it.
Bleeding after sex is not a period and it’s not normal. The cause needs to be diagnosed first to ensure the right treatment. Sometimes the oral contraceptive pill causes the cells in the canal of the cervix to protrude a bit (don’t worry it’s not dangerous).
It’s called ectropion. These cells are delicate and may bleed when touched. Sometimes there are small polyps in the cervical canal or uterus that can bleed and need removal. It’s unlikely to be an STI, which can cause the cervix to be inflamed and bleed. HPV (human papilloma virus) is an STI that can lead to serious problems, but I presume you’ve both been vaccinated. The best way to control this bleeding is to find the cause. While this will involve an internal exam by your doctor, please don’t let embarrassment get in the way of sorting it out.