If you've ever noticed spotting—or outright bleeding—after sex, you know it can be terrifying. Before you freak out, here's the good news: There are lots of potential reasons that bleeding after sex can happen, and many of them have easy fixes. Still, it's important to get to the bottom of what's causing this common symptom, since it can indicate a variety of health issues.
Here, eight reasons you could be spotting after getting it on.
Things are… dry… down there
“Lack of sufficient lubrication may be the most common cause of bleeding after sex that’s not due to a medical condition, whether because of the circumstances surrounding the sex activity (for example, new to vaginal sex, a little rougher than usual, or not enough foreplay) or because of hormonal factors,” says Dr. Kelly L. Strutz, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University. If you think this is the culprit behind your bleeding, Strutz notes that a good water-based or silicone-based lube may be all you need to fix the problem.