Last modified: August 2, 2019
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What sexual health STIs do you Google? Nobody really listens to sexual health lessons. Everybody just knows that you should wear a condom to avoid catching anything or becoming pregnant. Beyond that, everyone still has some sexual health questions when it comes to STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
Female health website The Femedic made a list of the ten most popular Google searches related to STIs and here are the answers from an expert who just happens to be a leading provider of tests and checks for STIs.
Google Search #1: Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women
Since in most cases, people don’t experience any symptoms of chlamydia, it is advised that you visit your local sexual health clinic regularly. In some cases, symptoms are there and noticeable. Women feel pain or a burning sensation while peeing. Vaginal discharge may also be present as is heavier periods with sporadic bleeding between periods or during /after sex. Some women may also feel pain in their lower abdomen during or after sex.
Chlamydia can be diagnosed without any difficulty via a simple urine test in a hospital or a sexual health clinic and is treatable with a course of antibiotics. To avoid any long term issues, it should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Google Search #2: Symptoms of Herpes
Herpes symptoms usually become apparent a few days after the infection. It is identifiable by small uncomfortable blisters or sores which makes peeing uncomfortable. These blisters last for around 10 days and the first attack is usually the worst.
Most of the time, the symptoms are dormant and can be triggered by a low immune system. It’s just the same as with non-genital herpes. People get cold sores every now and then.
Google Search #3: Feelings of Pain during Sex
It doesn’t always mean you have STIs when you feel pain during sex. There are several possible sexual health reasons. The most common ones aside from STIs are vaginal dryness and vaginal infections.
Vaginal dryness could be caused by stress, childbirth, breast-feeding or even some specific medications. This can be easily resolved by using some lubrication.
For vaginal infections, the most common are yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. These are usually recognized by a discharge, itchiness, burning sensation, or painful sex. If you notice that you’ve been having the mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor immediately so you can be fully diagnosed.
STIs can lead to painful sex. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes sores, and genital warts can cause irritation or pain during sex. If you feel any discomfort while having sex, consult your doctor as soon as you can or visit a local sexual health clinic to find out if you have STIs.
Google Search #4: Cure for Herpes
As of the moment, there is no cure for herpes. The symptoms can be managed via the use of antiviral medicines. Some experts recommend that during outbreaks, maintain a clean affected area and apply an ice pack, avoid wearing tight clothes, and apply some Vaseline to alleviate discomfort and the symptoms. It’s also advised to keep yourself hydrated and drink lots of water to dilute the urine and alleviate any discomfort while peeing.
Google Search #5: Symptoms of Gonorhea in Women
Gonorrhea doesn’t always show symptoms like chlamydia. And when it does, they seem to be similar to those of chlamydia too, but the vaginal discharge is usually more and can be in the yellow or green tints. The infection can also be recognized via a swab or urine test that can be done in sexual health clinics or hospitals and is also treatable by antibiotics. It gets harder with time though, because the bug develops resistance to the medication. It would therefore be best to treat it early to prevent any long term issues and to avert any further spreading.
Google Search #6: Treating Genital Warts
As of now, there are two ways on how you can treat genital warts: by topical treatment and by physical ablation. What do these two mean?
In tropical treatment, you apply creams, lotions, or chemicals directly to the warts. It usually works better for softer warts and for some people it can take several months to totally remove the warts. Meaning, it’s important to be very patient and to stick with the treatment. For some, a combination of topical treatments can be recommended.
Physical ablation is utilized for harder and tougher warts. It is done by destroying the wart tissue in a variety of procedures like freezing, burning, laser removal, and excision or cutting the wart away from the body. While having the mentioned treatments, it would be best not to use any scented soaps, bubble baths or lotions because your skin might just get irritated.
Google Search #7: What is Chlamydia?
Going back to basics, it is the most common among the STIs in Britain. You can get it by having unprotected sex and it’s more prevalent among sexually active teenagers and young adults. Because the symptoms are not always shown, sexually active people under the age of 25 are encouraged to get tested for this type of STI every year at a sexual health clinic or in a hospital or whenever they have new sexual encounters aside from the consistent sexual partner.
Google Search #8: What is Gonorrhea?
It’s one of the bacterial STIs and shares similarities with chlamydia. It can be passed on via unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. The symptoms are also not usually shown and around 50 percent of women do not experience any symptoms. Since the bacteria can infect the cervix, it’s recommended for pregnant women to get tested first before giving birth to make sure it won’t get passed to the baby.
Google Search #9: Why Does It Hurt Down There?
There are several causes of vaginal pain and here are some of the possible reasons why you are feeling such discomfort or pain.
STIs = Plenty of STIs can cause discomfort or pain. Genital herpes could result to painful sores or blisters. Genital warts could cause discomfort or itchiness in the affected part. Other common infections like chlamydia and gonorrhoea could also result to discomfort. If you suspect that STIs can be the cause, give your doctor a visit or go to a sexual health clinic and get tested so you can receive the appropriate treatments.
Yeast infection = because this can lead to itchiness or dryness, which are both uncomfortable, consult your doctor for some advice and treatment needed to deal with this kind of infection.
Vaginal dryness = because of low estrogen birth control pills, younger women nowadays tend to suffer from this type of dryness. This can also result to lack of natural lubrication. If you’re experiencing this, go to your doctor so you can be given a prescription for a higher estrogen birth control pill.
Google Search #10: Symptoms of STDs
Plenty of STDs do not exhibit symptoms. That’s why it’s always recommended to have an annual check-up with your doctor or with your local sexual health clinic. If you suspect that you may have an STD, it would be better to get an early diagnosis and treatment, so make an appointment for your own good. Here are some usual symptoms that are present across many STDs.
- cloudy vaginal discharge
- pain or burning sensation while peeing
- heavy bleeding during menses or bleeding in between periods
- sores or blisters
- warts or suspicious small fleshy bumps
- itchiness, irritation or rash on your vagina
- pain and/or bleeding while having or after sex
Do you have questions about STIs you want more answers too that Google can’t offer? Talk to a doctor online for free today. It may be better than relying on a search engine for sexual health answers.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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