1. A sore, wart, or rash in the genital area of you or your partner
This may seem like an obvious warning sign, but unfortunately it is often ignored. Skin rashes and lesions often come on at the onset of a sexually transmitted disease, but the lesions may disappear within a few days. However, the infection itself is left untrested. The person assumes it was an allergic reaction or normal skin irritation and does not investigate the real possibility of having an STD. If you notice a rash or lesion you or your partner it is essential to have an STD workup done.
2. Painful or frequent urination
Painful or frequent urination is one of the most common symptoms of STDs particularly gonnorhea. Women often mistake this symptom as a sign of having a urinary tract infection. They may try home remedies such as drinking cranberry juice or taking mild pain relievers such aas Tylenol. Unfortunately, as with genital sores, these symptoms may appear at the onset of the disease and then disappear. This leaves the person still infected and untreated. Any time you experience urgency, burning, or pain on urination a visit to the doctor is warranted.
3. Abnormal period
An abnormal period is another sign of an STD. If you notice increased flow or pain at menses, this may indicate an STD. If your period has always been regular and you experience bleeding at an unsual time this is also something that my need to be investigated. Heavy and prolonged bleeding should not be ignored.
4. Abnormal discharge
With an STD, women may notice increased vaginal discharge. There may be other causes such as a yeast infection or vaginitis. If you’ve never had a yeast infection before, now is not the time to start self diagnosing. Get in and get it looked at.
5. Pelvic pain
Other symptoms of STDs are easier to ignore than this one. Pelvic pain can range from mild to severe. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, especially in combination with other symptoms, contact your health care provider.
6. Foul odor
Funky or unusual odor may be cause for concern. Using feminine hygiene products may cover up the odor, but they will not treat an underlying infection. Although this may be embarassing to discuss with your health care provider, it is important to get a proper diagnosis.
7. No symptoms
Women quite frequently have no noticeable symptoms at all. Eighty percent of women with gonorrhea have no symptoms until the disease is advanced. All women should have annual pap smears. If you are sexually active, discuss with your health care provider including an STD work up with your annual exam.