The CDC estimates that 20 million new STD infections occur each year in the United States. While it may be a hushed topic, STDs (or sexually transmitted diseases) are a serious threat to your health and wellbeing. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you are exempt from getting an STD or that you are safe if you don’t experience symptoms. The truth is, if you are sexually active, getting an STD is a real possibility. Not only that, but many STDs don’t produce symptoms. The only way to ensure you are healthy is to visit your physician for STD testing.
What You Should Know
There are some common symptoms associated with STDs. However, many women don’t experience any warning signs at all. If they do, it is often vague or flu-like symptoms that can quickly be mistaken for something else. There are times in which women encounter some early symptoms of an STD. If you have one or more of the following and think an STD is a possibility, don’t ignore it.
Common STD symptoms in females:
- No symptoms
- Discharge (thick or thin, milky white, yellow, or green leakage from the vagina)
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal blisters or blisters in the genital area (the region covered by underwear)
- Vaginal rash or rash in the genital area
- Burning urination
- Painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
If you don’t have or notice these early signs, it doesn’t mean your STD is any less severe. You can still pass the infection on to others and your STD can still progress to cause long-term or possibly irreversible consequences. STD testing is the only way to properly diagnose your infection and ensure you get the most accurate treatment.
The likelihood of women experiencing symptoms from an STD is largely based on which type of STD they have. HIV and syphilis are known for being symptomatic, though the signs may not be noticeable immediately. However, there are other common STDs that are known for being “silent” or asymptomatic. HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes are STDs that you may have without even knowing it.
Feel more impelled to get STD testing? We can help. At North Pointe OB/GYN Associates, we offer complete STD testing for women of all ages. Don’t worry; our testing methods are generally painless and very quick. It may involve a vaginal swab, urine testing or blood work. STD testing is always kept strictly confidential
Keep in mind that STDs can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses, so your course of treatment may vary. It is important to know that condoms can’t protect you from all STDs and some sexually transmitted diseases can be spread through a sexual act and not just intercourse itself.
To get the facts on STDs or to schedule your STD testing in Cumming, please call our office today. You’ll find that we have a team of trusted gynecologists that put your health and wellbeing first.