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.
Something more serious could be going on
“Abnormal bleeding can also be seen in cancerous and precancerous conditions of the vagina, cervix, and uterus,” says Dr. Mims-Gillum. That doesn’t mean you should freak out about post-sex bleeding, though. More likely, the cause is something that’s *not cancer.* Still, it’s all the more reason to stay on top of your reproductive health by getting regular pelvic exams and pap smears.