Are you concerned that you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)? Sexual health is as important as any other area of your health, but every year more than 400,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with STIs. Many STIs have no symptoms, but understanding what is normal for your body (and what not) can help you quickly identify the problem and prevent its consequences.
Below are potential signs that may indicate problems in the area of sexual health.
Rash and bumps around your genitals
Rashes in the vagina and on the vulva (outer genital area) or scrotum are very common and in most cases they are not a symptom of something serious. Pimples and bumps around the genitals can cause ingrown hairs that bother many people, especially those who often shave the intimate area or has sensitive skin. However, rashes can also be an indicator of such infections like genital warts.
Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) are small growths or bumps that appear on the genital or anal area or around it. They are usually painless, but it doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing, and can cause discomfort. Infection can be transmitted during vaginal or anal sex, and penetration is not a prerequisite, you can become infected even while using sex toys. If you notice something like that on your body, as soon as possible consult a doctor.
Pain during urination
A telltale sign that something is wrong with your sexual health is pain, burning or tingling during urination. It usually is a sign of cystitis, a bladder infection, which in a certain period of life are faced 20-40 percent of women. Cystitis is not considered an STI, but can be caused by one of them.
In addition, pain or burning during urination can be a symptom of several STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
If you experience such feelings, talk to your doctor because even if it’s not an STI, you may still require treatment.
Changes in the secretions
Selection is what every person, but some more than others. Often with the help of secretions your body is signaling you about changes or diseases.
If you notice an unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum, it could be an STI. Often, atypical green, or yellow discharge accompany gonorrhea. While trichomoniasis you may notice a frothy, yellow-green, with a fishy smell vaginal discharge. If they are odorless, but thick and white a bit like cottage cheese, is most likely a yeast infection or thrush.
There are a number of factors that can cause irregular bleeding, however, some of them do not worry. But if you have had unprotected sex or the absence of menstruation is accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, talk to your doctor.
This may be due to infection such as chlamydia, or may be the result of ispolzovanpokoleniya. It can also be caused by a recent miscarriage or abortion, trauma to the vagina, polycystic ovary syndrome, stress and vaginal dryness. In any case, to know the exact cause can only be visiting the doctor.
Some STIs can cause symptoms such as pain or severe discomfort. Pain can be your body’s way of tell you that something is wrong, or that a body needs some care and attention.
If you feel constant pain in lower abdomen (or pain, swelling in the testicles in men), it can be a symptom of xof hlamidiozy, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis, so do not ignore the problem, and it’s far better to seek professional medical help.
Painful feelings during sex, despite the fact that it is quite common to ignore is also not necessary. According to experts, whether it’s your first time or not, sex should not be painful. Pain or bleeding during or after sex can be a symptom of chlamydia or trichomoniasis.
While some STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, the infected sperm or vaginal fluid may get into the eyes and cause eye infection.
Unfortunately, people often do not understand and do not believe to be true what to get or pass on STIs in oral sex, so if you are not sure that the partner has no STIs, use a condom.
The absence of symptoms
Very often it happens that the STI is not accompanied by any symptoms. This may be due to the fact that symptoms are mild, or you are not aware that certain changes are symptoms of the infection.
Chlamydia is one of the most commonly diagnosed STI, but more than two out of three women and one in two men with chlamydia will have no obvious signs or symptoms, or they are so light that they simply will not notice.
Genital herpes is another common infection, but many people have the herpes virus without even knowing it. About half of women and about one out of 10 men with genital gonorrhea will have signs or symptoms.
Just after evaluating the outside of a person, it is difficult to say whether he has an STI, or he is healthy, so if you have had unprotected sex with a new partner or someone whose status you are unsure, it’s time to pass the examination.