Sexually transmitted diseases, also referred to as STDs, can be more than just an inconvenience. With a proper diagnosis of an STD, the team at Huey and Weprin OB/GYN can make appropriate recommendations regarding the most effective treatments for patients in the areas of Kettering and Englewood, OH. Learn more about the common signs of STDs and know when to call your doctor.
What are the most common signs of sexually transmitted diseases?
There are many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and each has its own symptoms, however, some common signs can indicate the presence of an STD.
The first and most noticeable sign is any change in your body’s usual discharge. This can include more discharge than usual, a change in color or consistency, or a new odor. If you notice changes in your vaginal discharge, you must see a doctor immediately.
Another common sign of an STD is itching or burning around the genitals. This is often accompanied by the area’s redness, swelling, or bumps. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, see a provider so that you can get tested and determine if you are dealing with a treatable STD.
For some women, discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse may indicate an STD. This may be paired with painful urination or extreme itching and irritation in the vaginal area.
What are some of the most common STDs?
There are several different STDs, but some are more common than others. The most commonly reported STDs in the United States are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis:
- Chlamydia is a bacterial STD most often spread through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. It is also passed from mother to child during childbirth. Symptoms of chlamydia include discharge, burning during urination, and bleeding between periods. Left untreated, it can lead to some serious health complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility.
- Gonorrhea is another bacterial STD most often transmitted through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. This particular STD is easily treated with antibiotics which may be administered through an injection or oral prescription medications.
- Syphilis is also a bacterial STD spread by sexual contact and starts as sores that may or may not be painful. They typically present on the genitals and can cause issues such as rashes, swollen lymph glands, and even a fever.
If you believe you might have an STD or other intimate medical concern, call 937-771-5100 to schedule an appointment at Huey and Weprin OB/GYN for a proper diagnosis.