Over nine million women get sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections each year. Women have a higher risk than men of infection during unprotected vaginal sex and tend to have more severe health consequences. If you suffer from sores on your genitals, odorous discharge, or pain while urinating, call or go online today to make an appointment with Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California.
An STD is an infection from bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These disease transfer from person to person through bodily fluids including blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. There are more than 20 STDs. Here are the most common:
Signs you or your partner might have an STD include the following:
However, you can have an STD without exhibiting any signs or symptoms. Alternatively, sometimes you might think your symptoms are from a urinary tract or yeast infection instead of an STDs.
If you experience any of the above signs or think you had exposure to someone with an STD, Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago performs a physical examination to look for signs of an infection.
Acquiring blood, urine, and fluid samples for lab tests is a typical part of the examination. Depending on your age and the outcomes of your previous Pap tests, Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago may test for HPV during your well-woman exam.
Depending on which STD you have, Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago may prescribe medication, which could be oral, intravenous, or a cream.
Some medicines cure the ailment; others only help you to manage the symptoms.However, no over-the-counter medications cure STDs.
Sexual activity comes with the responsibility of taking precautions to protect yourself from getting sick. Use a condom every time you have sex. If you’re younger than 24, ask about the HPV vaccine and always request a test for STDs when you come in for a routine exam.
If left untreated, the infection may spread to another part of your body and can cause infertility, cancer, or death.
After exposure to an STD or realizing you are showing signs that you may have one, call or go online today to make an appointment.