Sexually transmitted diseases are a reality in today’s society and understanding how to avoid exposure to them and detecting their symptoms can help you live a healthier life. Many of the most common STD’s can be transferred between partners with a single sexual encounter and may take months to develop symptoms. This makes detection especially difficult and increases the changes of passing these STD’s along to other partners. Even though there may be particular symptoms that are more prevalent in certain types of STD’s, there are 3 common symptoms of STD’s for women that are present in many of them. If you experience any of these symptoms you should schedule a visit with your doctor to see if you require treatment.
The most common symptom that accompanies many of the STD’s is pain in the lower abdomen or groin area. This pain may only appear for short periods of time but can be quite severe when it does occur. In women this type of pain can also extend to the vaginal canal and may occur during sex for certain STD’s. For other forms of disease like genital herpes the pain may be more localized and accompany the outbreak of lesions. This pain may also happen during urination and may also involve a burning sensation that becomes worse over time if treatment is not started.
Another common symptom of STD’s for women is an unfamiliar vaginal discharge. In some cases this may appear as a cloudy liquid that happens during, or immediately following sexual intercourse. With a severe infection this discharge may also contain blood, which may also indicate internal abrasions or infections. These can be serious and need to be addressed immediately to prevent the spread of the disease.
Many of the STD’s that produce these types of discharges may also cause a burning or itching sensation at the site of the discharge. This can vary widely between patients and is related to which STD you have contracted and how advanced the symptoms are. In women, this discharge may also be accompanied by a strong vaginal odor, which should be very apparent.
The third more obvious symptom is any type of skin irritation or growth in the groin area. Some STD’s will produce visible bumps or skin lesions to indicate that the underlying virus is present. In the case of genital warts symptoms in women, these bumps will occur at the site of the initial sexual contact. Even though the size and location of these can vary, any unusual bumps you notice should be a cause for concern and trigger a checkup with your doctor.
In some STD’s this skin irritation will be minor and may go unnoticed for some time. In others it will be more pronounced and may also include itching, burning or bleeding depending on its location and the size of the affected area. These areas may also be sore to the touch and can be painful during sexual contact.