Postcoital Bleeding, Gynaecology

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Post-coital Bleeding (PCB) is bleeding from the genital tract which occurs after intercourse. PCB after the menopause should be regarded as PMB and investigated as such. PCB can be associated with genital tract carcinoma but only a very few women presenting with this symptom have such serious pathology, the remainder having benign causes.

It’s worth noting that approximately 13% of women age 20-24 will experience PCB in any given year but in this age group only 0.002% of PCB is due to cervical cancer. 80% of such cancers are visible to the naked eye on speculum.

NOTE: this guideline is hosted on the NHSGGC Obstetrics & Gynaecology Handbook website. Clicking on the link below will open the guideline in a new window.


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