Hymen Bleeding During or After First Sexual Intercourse

By Patricia | August 14, 2009

The hymen can be described as a mucus membrane or tissue, which blocks the opening of your vagina. This is common in all girls right from birth and as you grow older and your body matures, your hymen undergoes a change in size, right until the time you reach puberty. The entry of your vagina may be slightly or mostly covered by your hymen, but in some women, this tissue covers the entire vaginal entrance. There is a perforation in the middle, which allows the menstrual blood to flow out. This tissue is quite a delicate one and can be split or ruptured because of several different factors. The breaking of the hymen is unnoticeable in many cases and is not usually a cause for concern.

Splitting of the hymen may be quite noticeable, if the tissue is still intact during your first intercourse. When there is hymen split, you may have –

  • Slight spotting or bleeding
  • Moderate to heavy bleeding
  • Severe or extreme bleeding

This bleeding could last for any amount of time, depending upon your age and overall health condition. Some women bleed for around 10 to 15 minutes, whereas others experience vaginal bleeding for a day or two. In case the bleeding lasts for more than a day or two, it is important to seek medical emergency

Of course, it is also possible for a woman to experience no bleeding after first intercourse. It is not necessary that all women will bleed during first intercourse, regardless of whether the hymen has already been ruptured or not.

Causes of Hymen Layer Rupture

In some cultures, bleeding during intercourse is regarded as a sign of virginity. However, it is not necessary that the hymen only splits because of having sex. In some women the hymen may not split even after the first intercourse because of the elasticity of the tissue. Similarly, there are several different factors that could lead to the rupturing of this delicate tissue. Some of the different causes of a split hymen include –

  • Accidents or injuries
  • Activities like cycling, horseback riding, gymnastics and swimming
  • Certain dance moves, especially splits
  • Going through a check up of the genitals
  • Strenuous stretching exercises
  • Use of tampons

Of course, the hymen can also split for no definite reason even before intercourse.

Hymen Bleeding During Intercourse Causes

The hymen is a thin tissue or membrane that covers the opening of your vagina. If this tissue is still intact the first time you have sex, it is bound to tear during penetration. This tearing of the hymen often leads to bleeding as well as pain.

In most instances, hymen bleeding during first intercourse is not a cause for concern.

Apart from the tearing of the hymen, when it comes to bleeding during intercourse, there are many other causes. A small vaginal tear, for example, could be one of the reasons. It takes about one to three days after sex for these vaginal tears to heal. Care should be taken, however, not to aggravate these vaginal tears further with masturbation, tampon use, or sex. When you do get back to sex, try using a silicone based or water based lubricant to reduce friction as this would reduce chances of tearing and thus prevent more bleeding. Bleeding during or after intercourse could be an indication that some sexually transmissible infection could have caused an inflammation or irritation of the reproductive organs. Bleeding caused by STI, however, may occur on days a woman does not have sex at all. If a woman feels that she might be suffering from an STI, it is best that she gets in touch with her doctor for identifying the problem and treating it.

Bleeding during intercourse can occur after a hysterectomy due to causes such as infections of the urinary tract. In some cases, some serious health issues such as infection of the wound would take a couple of months to heal. Bleeding during intercourse when you are pregnant may occur because of the cervix being sensitive and tender. It is usually advisable to discontinue intercourse until such time that you have been examined by your doctor. Also, sometimes, bleeding during and after intercourse may occur both before and after your periods. If your periods are due, then sexual intercourse may trigger the onset, resulting in bleeding during and after intercourse. Sometimes, on the last day of your period, if you engage in sexual intercourse, there may be some bleeding. However, in both cases, it is not really blood, but simply, what you expel during your period. Nevertheless, should the bleeding be heavy or bright red, it is best to consult a doctor.

Bleeding during or in some cases after intercourse, could be due to a benign growth in your uterus. It is therefore important that you bring any kind of vaginal bleeding to the notice of your healthcare provider. This is because fibroids and polyps cannot be diagnosed on your own.

In a few cases, when there is visible blood after sexual intercourse, a woman may think that it is her own blood, but it may be blood that is present in the partner’s semen. The semen that was ejaculated may contain blood, and it may thus look like vaginal bleeding. It therefore makes sense that a woman should checks with her partner as well if she notices some blood after intercourse.

Bleeding After Defloration

The term defloration refers to “the act of deflowering a virgin” and is usually used as a euphemism for a woman losing her virginity.

How much blood comes out during defloration?

Questions on how much blood comes out during defloration are quite common. However; there is no specific amount of bleeding that is supposed to take place after your first sexual experience. Personal incidents recounted by various women show that –

  • Thousands of women have experienced no bleeding whatsoever after having sex for the first time ever.
  • In many instances, there is a small amount of spotting, where women notice a few drops of blood on their sheets or on the tissue paper, while cleaning up.
  • At times, a woman may experience moderate to heavy bleeding after losing her virginity.
  • There have also been a few reports of women going through severe or extreme bleeding because of the tearing of the hymen.

Therefore, it is hard to determine exactly how much bleeding defloration really causes. However, make sure that you speak with your doctor if the bleeding is heavy enough to soak an entire sanitary napkin.

How long does defloration blood last?

After intercourse, remember that there is no particular time for which the bleeding will continue. The bleeding could range between five to ten minutes and a couple of hours. Though it is not very common, it is also possible for the bleeding to last for a day.

In case the hymen does not rupture properly during your first intercourse, it is possible for you to experience some amount of bleeding the first couple of times you have sex.

Best Tips To Heal Hymen

Once a hymen is ruptured there is nothing you can do to heal or repair it. In most instances you do not need to do anything to stem the bleeding either, as it usually stops on its own after a while.

However, if the bleeding is too heavy and is interfering with your day to day activities, you can reduce or even stop it by applying some ice to the vaginal area.

It is necessary that you allow enough time to the vaginal area to heal before engaging in sexual intercourse once again. There should be no penetration in the vagina of any kind (including tampons) until the bleeding stops completely.

In case the bleeding is excessive and is causing unease, weakness or dizziness, speak to your gynecologist immediately.

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