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A 17-year-old member asked:

had sex for the first time 2 days ago and am still bleeding and a little sore. almost like a tearing down there? is this normal? should i be worried?

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Dr. Karen Pendleton
Preventive Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, this can be NL.: Dear Ms. Weaver, This can be a normal finding in young ladies engaging in sexual intercourse for the first time. Typically, the hymen (opening into the vagina) is ruptured/torn during penetration, thus causing some discomfort and bleeding due to the tiny blood vessels in the delicate tissues. However, if it continues to persists for > 5 days or so, you may want to seek gynecological evaluation.

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Last updated Aug 6, 2015

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