Vaginal Discharge After Sex: When It's Normal and When Not

The vagina can produce a number of different fluids that may discharge after sex. A number of fluids are a sign that the sexual organs are functioning normally, but some may be a sign of an STD or other malfunction. The color, odor and consistency of this discharge can be used as indicators of whether or not your condition is normal or may require medical attention.

Normal Discharge after Intercourse

There are a number of fluids that will normally discharge from the vagina after intercourse. These are a sign of healthy function and should not be cause for alarm. The appearance of these fluids may vary based on hormone levels, age and other factors. Those who have undergone a hysterectomy may also see a change in the levels or appearance of vaginal discharge.

Abnormal Discharge after Intercourse

Healthy discharge should not cause any adverse effects to the body. If your discharge makes you feel uncomfortable or has changed from its usual frequency or consistency you may be experiencing an unhealthy discharge that requires further attention.

Common Signs of Abnormal Discharge

Any sudden changes to your vaginal discharge can indicate that you are suffering from a vaginal infection or other issue that is damaging the vagina. You may feel a wetness and be sore in the pelvic area. You may notice an alteration in the consistency of your discharge or an increase in the amount of discharge that emits from the vagina. This may be accompanied by bleeding or a sudden odor that was not present before.

Common Causes of Abnormal Discharge

Abnormal discharge from the vagina can be caused by sexual and non-sexual causes. Consistency, color and accompanying symptoms will help you evaluate the underlying cause of your discomfort.

Sexual Causes

Unprotected sexual intercourse can cause bacteria, viruses and other items to be transmitted between the two parties. These materials can cause an abnormal discharge after intercourse alongside other symptoms that indicate a problem may be occurring.

Non-Sexual Causes

As the vagina is responsible for its own cleaning and protection, there are a number of mechanisms that can cause the vagina to excrete materials that may be causing harm.

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