Bleeding After Clitoris Stimulation: What Is it?
Sexual intercourse is naturally meant to be smooth and fun. However, there are instances where blood seeps out from the vagina on stimulation of the clitoris. While in some cases this is just a normal occurrence that does not portray any underlying problems, in certain circumstance and as women get older, such bleeding could be a sign of worst things.
Understanding the anatomy of the vagina is the first step in appreciating this occurrence. Clitoris, with its tender nerve endings, is highly sensitive to touch. Therefore, stimulation of this member results in sudden blood gush to fill in the vagina and its surrounding areas.
What is it?
During menstruation, the vaginal wall is already thick with blood anticipating fertilization. If ovulation does not happen, then the blood is released through the menstrual process. At this time, any clitoral stimulation may result in additional blood flowing to the capillaries of the already thickened uterine walls. As the membrane thickens to its maximum, some blood is released into the vagina chamber to ease the pressure.
This results in post-coital bleeding and it’s as a result of the vagina trying to find an equilibrium between the inner and outer surfaces. However, not only does this overflow happen during ovulation. An intense sexual stimulation and intercourse may also result in a bloody discharge due to the same effects of the cervical blood capillaries stimulation.
What’s the reason behind the flow?
The post-coital bloodshed may be as a result of different factors. It may occur even when no penetration takes place in the vagina. We look at the common issues and how they affect the blood flow as below:
Menstruation: Monthly cycles are characterized by blood filling in the vaginal chambers to set the necessary condition for ovulation. With increased temperature and tense muscles, blood is pumped to the female reproductive organs. Any form of clitoral stimulation results in a heightened wall pressure that results in the release of the excess blood via vaginal cavity.
Spotting: Even during a woman's safe days, other reasons could lead to blood oozing from the vagina due to the stimulation of the clitoris. The quantity is, however, little in comparison to the menstruation phase and is usually referred to as spotting.
Drastic changes in a woman’s sleeping pattern, meals intake, work- or home-related stress are just some of the causes for the vaginal blood spotting to occur. But the primary trigger to this flow is the consumption of birth control pills. These medicines inhibit the secretion of estrogen, hence triggers hormonal changes that could result in vaginal blood release.
Menopause: About 10% of women younger than 55 years of age experience post-coitus blood discharge in some stages of their lives. However, during menopause, such a phenomenon is likely to be more worrisome.
This is because about 20% of the women who suffer from this bleeding are likely to exhibit symptoms of menacing cervical cell mutation – a precursor to the cancer of the cervix. Any sighting of such blood should, therefore, be medically examined promptly to confirm that they are not malignant. This can be done through speculum test.
Of course, taking precautionary measures is one way of reducing your chances of contracting cervical cancer. Taking a pap smear test every three years during your childbearing age is just as important as visiting your gynecologist annually.