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Bled During Oral Sex But I Don't Think It's My Period

Published: September 13, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
So a few days ago, my boyfriend was 'eating me out' and fingering me when all of a sudden I started to bleed. I've had sex before (as well as oral sex) so this was a surprise. At first I thought it was just my period arriving early (I was 2 days away from the expected date of my period) but its been almost a week and I haven't bled once after that. I'm worried and I'm starting to wonder if this is a problem... Thanks!
Signed: Bled During Oral Sex But I Don't Think It's My Period

Dear Bled During Oral Sex But I Don't Think It's My Period,

During oral sex with fingering it is possible for there to be trauma to the vaginal tissues. This may or may not be painful, but can result in bruising and subsequent vaginal bleeding. In this case you can have spotting for a few hours to a day, but the amount of blood will not be as much as what happens during a period and will not be accompanied by the symptoms of nausea, cramping, fatigue and headache associated with a period. That said, since the bleeding you described only lasted for a short time it is unlikely that it was your regular period.

Care must be taken to make sure that oral sex is not too rough to cause vaginal bruising and bleeding.  When the tissue barrier is hurt in any way, there is a higher risk of infections. Partners should wash their hands prior to fingering during oral sex to decrease exposure to added bacteria. TeenHealthFX would also like you to be aware that it is not recommend to use a douche because of bruising or bleeding from a trauma or following a period as it can alter the vaginal pH and flora leading to infections later on.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you continue to experience any symptoms that are worrisome to you, please schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist or gynecologist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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