It is estimated that about one in four Americans has a sexually transmitted disease. STDs are infections that are transmitted during any type of sexual exposure including intercourse (vaginal or anal), oral sex, and the sharing of sexual devices such as vibrators. Some STDs are transmitted by persistent and close skin-to-skin contact, including during sexual intimacy.
You should never feel uncomfortable about talking about STDs with About Women Ob-Gyn doctors and nurses. They are compassionate and understanding and can help you prevent and treat STDs.
If you suspect that you may have an STD, make an appointment immediately. Early treatment can prevent lasting damage and illness.
Symptoms of STDs for women can include:
- Sores, bumps or blisters near your genitals, anus or mouth
- Burning or pain when you urinate
- A bad smell or unusual discharge from your vagina or anus
- Pain in your lower belly
- Bleeding from your vagina when you don’t have your period