13 Health Symptoms That Could Be Linked To An STD

13 Health Symptoms That Could Be Linked To An STD

Sex can be a great experience but has its risks that should be mindful of. Most people concern themselves more with the pregnancy risk, but the reality is that catching an STD is far more serious today than ever before.

Sexually transmitted diseases should be taken very seriously, as getting treated for them early makes a huge difference in additional complications. However, STD signs are not quite so easy to spot, with many of them mimicking other health conditions. And, in some cases, you may never even have the usual symptoms of an STD. This can make it hard to identify and treat the disease early.

What are some missed signs of an STD?

Chills – Yes, it’s possible that the chills you’ve been feeling could be to something else entirely, but it’s also a possible sign for STDs.

Fever – An STD is an infection, which means a fever is not uncommon to have happened. If you have a persistent fever, it’s time to have a doctor check out for the reason why.

Flu-Like Symptoms - People with herpes may have flu-like symptoms two to 12 days after the infection.

Irregular Spotting - For women, if you notice bleeding between your periods, you could have an STD like chlamydia.

Itchy Anus – Gonorrhea tends to cause an anus to feel itchy (usually the case if you have anal sex with an infected partner).

Joint Pain – Joint pain could be from your day-to-day activities, or it could be from your overactive lifestyle. However, if you’re not very active and still experience joint pain, you may want to find out if you have an STD. Chlamydia can cause reactive arthritis in some people.

Odd Vaginal Bumps – It’s not uncommon to have bumps from razors (if you shave down there), but if you notice other types of bumps, get tested for either syphilis or genital herpes.

Painful Sex. – Sex is not designed to be painful but pleasurable. So, if you’re experiencing painful sex for some time, it may be time to talk to your doctor.

Sore Throat – It’s not unheard of to have an STD in your throat, so if you have a sore throat that includes swollen, burning or painful glands and you have difficulties swallowing foods, you may want to get tested for gonorrhea.

Stomach Pain – If you feel sick to your stomach or it’s painful all the time, you could be suffering from an STD.

Unexplained Weight Loss – If you’re not intentionally trying to lose weight or have lost a lot of weight too fast, it could be your body trying to fight off an infection such as an STD.

Vaginal Discharge – If you have a discharge, you could have chlamydia. If it’s green or yellow in color, get immediate treatment from your doctor.

Worsening Cramps – Are you experiencing cramps that appear to be getting worse with time? Then be sure to talk to your doctor and get an STD test to determine if that’s the cause.

The real problem with STDs though is that many people could be asymptomatic, meaning there are no symptoms of a disease. According to a report, about 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men who have chlamydia don’t know they have it because they have no outward symptoms.

This is why it’s important to get tested once a year or every three to six months if you have a new partner or engage in risky sexual behavior.

Mark Riegel, MD

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