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Dear Doc,

During intercourse I experience pain deep within my vagina and bleeding. I am 32-years-old and have never had a pap-smear. Should I be worried?{{more}}

Nola

Dear Nola,

Pain and bleeding during intercourse for a person who is not having intercourse for the first time or who is not about to have their period have to be investigated by their gynaecologist.

It is possible that the pain deep within the vagina and the bleeding are from the cervix. Because you have never had a pap-smear or a recent one, there can be suspicion of cancer of the cervix. During intercourse, the penis comes in contact with the cervix and thus can cause pain and or bleeding from any lesions located on it.

Other reasons for bleeding can include cancers of the vaginal wall, bleeding from trauma of the normal wall of the vagina, bleeding from the placenta during pregnancy, cancer of the uterus among others.

It is paramount that regular pap-smears be done so that you do not get any surprises.

Doc

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