Sexually transmitted infections can show up in various ways in both men and women. However, ladies are more susceptible to these infections, yet, they rarely experience immediate symptoms of STD. Men usually experience immediate symptoms. Once any sexually transmitted infection is detected in women, the chances are that it’s likely to take over her entire body and cause an unimaginable damage especially if not treated in time. The good news is that the severity of the infection is likely to decrease once treatment starts.
The following are the symptoms of the common STDs in women.
- Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis is simply imbalance in the living microorganisms found in a woman’s vagina. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the frequency at which this infection is contracted and detected is asymptomatic. The following are the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis.
- Ash-colored or white discharge with a foul smell
- Painful urination
- Tingling sensation that’s slightly painful around the genitals
Women battling with chlamydia don’t have many symptoms especially during the earlier stage of the infection and thus, the diseases may not be diagnosed for quite some time. The most effective way to detect chlamydia and treat it is by being tested. The lady can either opt for home STD test kit where she can view the results in privacy or get blood and urine test at a hospital.
Here are the symptoms of Chlamydia.
- Extreme pain during urination that may sometimes be mistaken for kidney infection or urinary tract infection especially when accompanied by fever.
- Increased vaginal secretions whose color varies and has foul smell
Women with this infection experience very few symptoms but that doesn’t mean that the infection isn’t detrimental to their reproductive health. The fact that few symptoms show up means that it’s difficult for the patient to realize that she has gonorrhea infection and seek medical attention early enough. Besides, the infection can easily be mistaken for other infections unrelated to sexually transmitted infections and ends up not treated.
Here are some of the symptoms a woman may experience;
- Painful urination
- Abnormal discharge especially associated with an unusual smell
- The infection may aggravate pelvic inflammatory disease
If not treated, gonorrhea can cause severe pelvic pain abscesses, gastrointestinal issues, and heightened possibility of permanent infertility.
- Genital herpes
Ladies infected with genital herpes experience the following symptoms;
- Red rashes with sores around the rectum, vagina, and along the inner thigh area.
- The sores look like skin ulcers and can be very painful
- The sores are filled with some liquid that when tears up spreads the sores to other parts of the body
- Painful and tingling sensation when flare up starts
Note that the first of flare up of genital herpes is swollen lymph nodes followed by fiver. With time, the patient is likely to experience fewer symptoms. The infection requires immediate medical attention.
Syphilis is a common STD and a dangerous one if left untreated for a long time. It has four distinct stages before progressing to an untreatable level. First, the patient experiences just one sore similar to an ulcer or chancre. To women, this isn’t a major concern and it’s ignored in most cases. During the second stage, the patient experiences a rash on different parts of her body such as back, genitals, and other parts of the body.
Other symptoms associated with the second stage include;
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Hair loss
- Sore throat
- Sudden and significant weight loss
- Muscle aches and pains
Most of the symptoms experienced in the second stage of syphilis are likely to disappear with time. Note that when the infection progresses to stage four, treatment may not be an option. Patient is likely to experience the following symptoms;
- Issues with coordination and movement
- Severe changes in vision
- Eventual death
When diagnosed early, any STD can be cured. However, if left untreated, STDs can cause severe damage to a woman’s reproductive health, her overall body health, and eventual death.