your body is doing something unusual, it may be cause for alarm.
According to doctors though, not all signs of an STI (sexually
transmitted infection) is actually an STD. For example, a
cottage-cheese-like discharge may be worrying to women who recently
had unprotected sex. However, this symptom is also indicative of a
yeast infection, not just an STI.
only way to know if you have a sexually transmitted disease is to
actually get tested for it. There are about 20 million new STI cases
each year, which means you shouldn’t be ashamed when you get one.
Just know that they can be prevented if you practice safe sex.
what are some of the classic signs of an STI that could also be from
something else altogether?
itching is often worrisome, as it’s a sign of trichomoniasis,
chlamydia, HPV and gonorrhea. However, experts say itching may also
be a sign of dermatitis, which can be caused by using certain soaps,
materials and pads. Bacterial vaginosis can also cause itching down
there. If you’re not sure and have had unprotected sex recently,
it’s always a good idea to get checked out.
Bumps or Scales
people, when they feel bumps in the genital region, automatically
think they are infected with the herpes virus. However, bumps in the
genital region may actually be from a hair follicle, causing
inflammation and infection. It’s known as folliculitis, which is
similar to pimples in nature. They often occur after a person has
shaved and sweat and friction from clothing can cause bumps to
shows up in a line or patches along the vulva. They are generally
round, smooth bumps about two millimeters in size. Using lubricants
and new condoms can also lead to contact dermatitis in the region,
causing these bumps to appear.
it’s not genital warts, they tend to clear up on their own.
common herpes-like condition is called Fordyce spots, small yellow
bumps found on the genitals and around the lips. They are the result
of the body’s oil-producing glands that maintain moisture in the
area. They also require no treatment.
Bleeding Or Spotting After Sex
women have unusual bleeding after the sex act, it can be quite scary.
After all, this sign is tied to both chlamydia and gonorrhea.
However, it’s also tied to other things such as uterine fibroids,
ovarian cysts and so much more. If it happens regularly or you have
pain along with it, you need to see your doctor right away.
Odd-Smelling Vaginal Discharge
discharge is often mistaken for a sexually transmitted disease
symptom, but it’s a very common occurrence. It’s actually the
body’s way to keep the vagina moist and clean. The thickness that
occurs will vary because of the hormone fluctuations taking place.
The discharge can look white or clear in color and be even a little
watery, and nothing to be too concerned with.
if the color or consistency changes or you’re also experiencing
itchiness along with it, you need to see your doctor to rule out the
possibility of an STD.
urinary tract infection symptoms are also signs for an STI such as
the frequent need to pee, blood in urine, odd smell and pain while
peeing. In most cases, these symptoms are due to a bladder infection
and not an STI.
vaginosis has many STI-like symptoms such as painful intercourse,
itching and vaginal discharge. However, pain during intercourse is
also possible when the vagina’s bacteria not in balance.
Still, if you notice any one of these symptoms, you should still be seen by your doctor. While in most cases, it won’t be a sexually transmitted infection. If you have had unprotected sex recently with someone new or suspect your partner has cheated on you, better safe than sorry. Get tested to ensure you don’t need an STD treatment.