Can a Yeast Infection (Thrush) Cause Bleeding?

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Vaginal thrush can cause bleeding but it’s important that you work out whether the bleeding is light spotting or caused from the sores which thrush can be a result of thrush.

Vaginal thrush, also known as a yeast infection, is an incredibly uncomfortable condition which is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast, candida. Men can also get thrush in their groin area, and anyone can get it in the mouth, but it’s most common in the vaginal area. 

If you’re reading this, you probably already have thrush and know just how uncomfortable of a condition it is! Your main symptoms are likely to be the below around and on the outside of your genitals:

  • Itching and soreness
  • Swelling and redness
  • Sores and breaks in your skin
  • Painful sex
  • Painful urination

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Most of the above symptoms are caused by your discharge, of which you’ll have more than usual. If you have thrush, your discharge won’t have an odour. It’s important to remember that because if your discharge has a bad, fishy smell, then you might have something else like bacterial vaginosis. 

If you have thrush outside of your normal menstrual cycle, you may experience some bleeding or spotting. We’ve provided some information on what sort of bleeding you’re experiencing and how you should act below.

If you have thrush and are looking for treatments, read this article.


If you’re experiencing a very small amount of bleeding which is similar to the end of your period, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. Light spotting is fairly normal and occurs from time to time in a menstrual cycle. 

Light bleeding is caused because yeast infections are a type of vaginitis, or vaginal inflammation.


You may be seeing a little bright red blood when you wipe yourself after urinating. Thrush can cause some sores and splitting skin, especially if you have been itching. If you experience this, you may want to take a closer look with a mirror, so you know which areas to avoid.

You should also start patting yourself dry after urinating and using a little water to keep things as clean as possible until the main symptoms have cleared up. 

It’s likely that it will take a few days for those sores to properly heal once the symptoms of thrush have cleared, so I recommend avoiding sex so your skin doesn’t split again. 

Heavy Bleeding

Heavy bleeding when you have thrush isn’t normal. If this happens, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Other Causes

If you’re experiencing bleeding or spotting when you have thrush, you may need to reassess your symptoms, because you might not have thrush. Other health conditions that can cause vaginal bleeding include:

  • STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis, a vaginal infection which also causes redness and infection around the genitals
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a vaginal infection which may cause a fishy odour
  • A urinary tract infection (UTI) where you might see blood in your urine. You can find remedies for a UTI here.
  • Kidney Stones 

If you’re frequently spotting outside of your period, or if you see blood in your urine, you should visit your GP or doctor right away. 

*The above article isn’t medical advice, it’s just advice from my experience. So if you’re worried, you should visit a GP. 

Can thrush cause bleeding between periods?

Yes – you may experience bleeding between periods if you have thrush because yeast infections are a type of vaginal inflammation. However, you should not experience heavy bleeding, just spotting.

Can thrush cause bleeding after intercourse?

If you have thrush, intercourse may be very uncomfortable. You might experience some spotting afterwards or some broken skin on the outside of your genitals.

How does thrush cause bleeding?

Thrush causes spotting because a yeast infection is a type of vaginal inflammation. You may also experience some broken skin where the blood will also come from.

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