What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases

Symptoms of Sexually Tranamitted Diseases

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are extremely common, and countless get infected annually. What is even more alarming is the fact that a large chunk of those already infected remains undiagnosed for a long time. This is because a lot of people are not aware of the symptoms. When asymptomatic STDs remain untreated there’s an increased risk of infertility, as well as the chances of infecting your partner. For an expectant mother with an undiagnosed STD, the unborn baby is a high risk of contracting the disease. Besides these, it can also increase your chances of an HIV infection while some STDs are leading causes of a few specific cancers.

The best way to be mindful of STDs is to make your sexual health and wellbeing a priority. This means you must pay close attention to even the smallest of physical changes and consult a doctor if you find something out of the ordinary. Your medical practitioner will provide the right kind of treatment for the ailment, help manage the symptoms and also advise how to effectively lower the risk of STDs in the future.

The symptoms of an STD can vary from mild to extreme and differ from one infection to another. A few common symptoms include:

Alteration in urination:
A common symptom with a lot of STDs is discomfort and pain during urination. However, urinary tract infections or kidney stones can also produce similar symptoms. So it’s advisable to get yourself checked if you have pain or any other kind of discomfort while urinating. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, genital herpes all cause change or pain during urination.

Unusual discharge in men:
Most STDs when manifesting in men cause discharge from the penis. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis are the leading examples and can be easily treated using antibiotics.

Itching in the vaginal area:
More often than not, it is a yeast or bacterial infection that causes itching, burning or discomfort in the vaginal area.

Painful intercourse:
Pain during sexual intercourse is quite common, especially with women but this alone makes it as one of the most ignored symptoms of an underlying STD. In case the kind of pain felt is different, is new or has emerged only with a new sexual partner, it is best to consult the doctor. Painful ejaculation can be a symptom of STD in men.

Abnormal vaginal discharge:
Unexplained discharge from the vagina can be a symptom of a host of infections and not all of them are STDs. Infections like yeast and bacterial vaginosis that spread during intercourse with an infected partner can also cause vaginal discharge that may be abnormal. Discharge from the vagina is normal during the menstrual cycle. It is only a cause for concern if the discharge bears a strange colour or smell.

Sores or lesions:
Genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, molluscum contagiosum all cause bumps or sores as one of the most apparent signs of an infection. These usually appear near the mouth and genitals. It is important to inform and visit the doctor even if the sores disappear before your visit. Herpes sores resolve with a week or two but the infection continues to persist even when sores are not apparent.

Abdominal pain:
For a majority of cases, abdominal or pelvic pain can point to a host of ailments. The pain is due to inflammation and scarring from bacteria climbing into the uterus and abdomen. In extremely rare cases, the condition is fatal.

Other symptoms:
Symptoms include chills, fever, fatigue, skin rash, weight loss. This makes it difficult for the doctor to diagnose a sexually transmitted disease right off the bat. It is, therefore, important that you talk to the doctor. The sooner you consult a doctor for your symptoms, the greater are the chances of treatment. Some STD symptoms disappear within a few days, which makes accurate diagnosis difficult.

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