Some may disregard simple STD symptoms in women due to laxity or perhaps fear of discovering even more complicated conditions. A woman may be predisposed to even more dangerous health conditions without knowing the common STD symptoms.
Among the list, some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases include Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Genital warts.
Each condition is actually characterized by some signs and symptoms.
In order for prompt treatment to begin and further complications to be prevented one should know how to detect the early signs of common sexually transmitted diseases.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection caused by the organism Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. This condition is one of the oldest known sexually transmitted diseases. Usually the STD symptoms in women who have Gonorrhea are not obvious during the early stages.
However, later on, symptoms such as burning during urination, yellowish vaginal discharge, itching, swelling and redness of the vaginal area become evident.
If left untreated, severe Gonorrhea could lead to the spread of infection to the pelvic area and could consequently cause PID or pelvic inflammatory disease.
For women who are infected with Gonorrhea, more or less 35% also have Chlamydia. Like Gonorrhea, the causative organism ( Chlamydia Trachomatis) of Chlamydia could thrive in the cervix, urethra and throat. More often the STD symptoms in women and men with Chlamydia are not initially evident.
For this reason, one could easily spread the disease without the knowledge of the recent sexual partner. Although majority do not have symptoms, some women experience cervicitis (infection of the cervix), which is the most common manifestation of the disease.
Another age-old sexually transmitted disease is Syphilis. This condition is caused by spirochete bacteria scientifically known as Treponema pallidum. STD symptoms in women with Syphilis involve 3 stages.
The first stage is the chancre or ulcer formation. This occurs between 10 to 90 days from the onset of infection. The ulcers are usually seen in the penile area or within the vagina.
During this phase, the infected person is highly contagious. If the ulceration goes beyond the scrotum, some contraceptives are not any more effective. In addition, a mere kiss with a person with oral syphilis could also transmit the disease most likely.
The ulcer usually resolves after three to six weeks. However, if it is left untreated, it may recur later as the secondary syphilis. This phase targets the other systems or organs of the body.
Some symptoms of secondary syphilis include skin rash, sore throat, hair loss, fever, headaches, patches in the vagina, and nose or mouth. Finally, the third stage of syphilis is no longer communicable. However, the systemic effects could lead to heart problems, development of nodules, meningitis, deafness and even death.
In the latest US survey, Genital Warts or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. This STD is caused by a Human Papilloma Virus.
Without proper treatment, this could lead to cervical and penile cancer. Some STD symptoms in women with genital warts include fleshy bulges on the vaginal area. Depending on the location, some genital warts could actually cause bleeding after sexual intercourse.