Common causes of bleeding after sex include: Some ideas around virginity, first intercourse and bleeding as proof of virginity also involved paternity. But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: And if that surprises you, please understand that the idea no one will ever forget every detail of their first time simply doesn't hold up to reality: The source of this bleeding tends to be more varied in women who are no longer menstruating. Every woman who thinks she has an irregular menstrual bleeding pattern should think carefully about the specific characteristics of her vaginal bleeding in order to help her doctor evaluate her particular situation. The "tokens" they're talking about are something like a sheet or wedding garment with a bloodstain, to "prove" she was, indeed, a virgin. After the cause is determined, the doctor decides if treatment is actually necessary. Many older women actually knew full well, from experience, that this idea that bleeding always happens with intercourse was a farce, so new brides would often be prepared by other women on how to fake bleeding in case they didn't. Postcoital bleeding is considered a common symptom of both cervical and uterine cancers. Some women experience numbness or tingling for months after surgery. The menses occurs at approximately four week intervals, representing the menstrual cycle. When the skin is dry it becomes extremely vulnerable to damage.