We get it. Some things are just awkward to talk about especially when they involve your body or sex life. But being educated about the warning signs of sexually transmitted diseases is vital to your health and mental wellbeing.
Chances are, anything you ask your doctor about STDs he/she has heard before. To help provide some answers, we’ve compiled a list of questions you may be too embarrassed to ask your doctor about.
What Is An STD?
According to research, an STD is a disease that results from a sexually transmitted infection. STDs are viewed as serious issues that require prompt medical attention and treatment. Proper treatment is essential to prevent permanent damage.
The WHO states that over 30 different types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites are known to be transmitted through sexual contact; this includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex. These bacteria, viruses, and parasites are what make up STIs and can be passed to sexual partners.
Questions And Answers
Let’s jump into your most burning questions about STIs and STDs.
How Often Should I Get Tested For an STD?
The CDC recommends sexually active women be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year. If you suspect you might be pregnant, it is important to get tested soon.
Is It True That Some STDs Have No Symptoms At All?
Yes. In fact, most STDs are asymptomatic. This is why it is important to get tested regularly. Even with no symptoms, you can still have and pass STDs to any sexual partner.
Can STDs Be Transmitted Through Oral Sex?
It’s a common misconception that only intercourse passes STIs. Both oral and anal sex can also spread infections. Syphilis and gonorrhea are just two examples of STDs that spread through oral sex.
What’s That Weird Bump?
One of the signs of an STD is lumps or bumps in your vaginal area. Genital herpes, syphilis, and HPV can all cause genital bumps. Any sexually active adult can contract these, but using protection during sex may help lower your chances of contracting STIs. The best protection is to have a monogamous relationship, like marriage, with a partner that is not infected with an STI.
Does Being On The Pill Protect Me From STDs?
Unfortunately, no. The pill is only effective in helping protect against unwanted pregnancy. Birth control does not provide any protection against STDs.
Finding The Right Resources
The bright side is, most STDs are treatable and early detection gives you the best outcome. Here at Pregnancy Care Center, women can be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia absolutely free.
For women contemplating an abortion, getting tested for STDs is especially important. Undergoing an abortion procedure with an STI can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. We can often offer same-day appointments and welcome walk-ins when availability allows for it.
Text us today at (912) 826-1133 to start your journey.