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7 symptoms of STDs or sexually transmitted diseases

stdIf you had unprotected sex there are chances that you might get infected with a STD or a sexually transmitted disease. An STD could be caused due to a bacterial, viral or a parasitic infection that one may have contacted after an unsafe intercourse. The tricky thing about STDs is that they are usually asymptomatic (present without any visible signs or symptoms). So if you have the slightest doubt of getting one look for these signs closely:

Painful urination: If you notice any sought of discomfort, burning sensation or a tingling sensation while passing urine chances are that a bacterial or viral infection has got into your genital tract. Though this can also mean you are suffering from a urinary tract infection but one should not overlook this symptom as it could be an early warning or an onset of STD. Moreover the symptoms can also be so mild in the beginning that it can make you ignore the crucial signs during the initial days.

Painful intercourse: Though painful intercourse can be because of a host of reasons, but mild irritation or inflammation of the genitals during an intercourse can be a symptom of a probable infection leading to an STD. In both men and women the genitals are the most likely areas to get affected with an STD infection. If intercourse gets bothersome due to no apparent reason, getting tested or consulting with a sexologist is a wise idea.

Sores or bumps near the genitals: Small red bumps, blisters, open sores or ulcers in the genital, anal and nearby areas should raise an alarm. There can be pain or itching around the ulcers or they can also bleed during sexual intercourse.

Unusual discharge from the genitals: Though vaginal discharge in women might indicate many issues, an STD infection can just be one of them. If vaginal discharge is accompanied with other noticeable symptoms like painful urination, pain during intercourse, itching or irritation talk to your gynecologist soon. Men might also see such discharge happen from the penis along with testicular pain and itching. Those can also be the initial symptoms of an STD that can turn to more severe problems later.

Itching or swelling in the genital area: Any change in the genital area accompanied with an urge to itch is a sign of an infection. In men painful swollen testicles can indicate trouble. In women sensitive an inflamed vagina might be a red signal.

Changes in menstrual cycle: This is a symptom in women that can overlap with many other health problems. But heavy vaginal bleeding with unbearable pain and burning sensation down there could indicate a chance of an STD.

High fever, fatigue, nausea: These can seem to be some casual health trouble at the onset. But remember STD usually being asymptomatic can mock you with such symptoms. Look for the other symptoms that accompany the headache or a fever. If you notice unexplained weight loss, dizziness, it's time you get yourself tested.

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