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4 Common Symptoms of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

STIs are a group of bacterial and viral infections that spread from person-to-person through direct contact. Because of this, it is extremely important to use condoms as protection for yourself as well as others.

The following are 4 symptoms you should never ignore and always have checked out by your OB/GYN.

  1. Painful or itchy bumps. The most common reason for painful itchy bumps in the groin are contact dermatitis, ingrown hairs, and inclusion cysts.  However, other causes of bumps, blisters, and skin lesions are the herpes virus, molluscum contagiosum, and genital warts. These are symptoms that should never be ignored!
  2. Abnormal vaginal discharge. Usually, abnormal vaginal discharge is a sign of a yeast infection or bacterial vaginitis. However, it can also be a symptom of chlamydia or gonorrhea. Both diseases can be asymptomatic; however, if your vaginal discharge is accompanied with unusual pain during sex, lower abdominal pain, bloating, strong fishy vaginal odor, and painful urination Chlamydia and Gonorrhea should be ruled out.
  3. Painful Urination.  Painful urination is a common sign of a urinary tract infection. However, it can also be a symptom of an STI. Similar to abnormal vaginal discharge, when other symptoms accompany painful urination an STI should always come to mind and be ruled out. A simple urine test and vaginal swob can determine the difference in these infections.
  4. Bleeding in between periods. Spotting or bleeding in-between periods can be caused from a whole host of issues. Some of the common causes are fibroids, polyps, changes in your birth control, and early pregnancy. However, unscheduled bleeding, especially after IC, is a common symptom of an STI. When the cervix becomes inflamed, it can bleed easily. As infections progress, they continue to cause inflammation which in turn can lead to more bleeding. Whether the bleeding is caused from an STI or one of the above mentioned disorders, you should always call your OB/GYN and get assessed.

 

We understand that many of the signs and symptoms associated with STIs are embarrassing to bring up to your doctor, but that’s what we are here for! We have heard and seen it all, so there is no need to be embarrassed when talking to us.

In most cases, a simple prescription medication will have you STI-free in a short amount of time. However, if left untreated these infections can lead to chronic pain, infertility, and even cancer. It is extremely important to get tested if you are concerned about your symptoms. Please schedule an appointment today at All Care for Women and let us help you!

Author
Taylore Passero PA-C

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