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6 Symptoms Of STIs You're At Risk Of Even With A Long-Term Partner Who Has Been Faithful

6 Symptoms Of STIs You're At Risk Of Even With A Long-Term Partner Who Has Been Faithful

STIs can cause significant pain. It is better to prevent infections by practicing safe sex and proper hygiene.

Sexually-transmitted diseases and infections are often associated with infidelity, multiple partners and, of course, unprotected sex. However, no matter what age you are or how long you've been with your partner, you can still contract an STI even if they have been completely faithful. This is also due to the fact that some of these infections and diseases are not always transmitted during intercourse.

According to Independent, the last decade has seen more than a one-third increase in STI diagnosis in people between 50 and 70 years of age. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, and the Zika virus are some of the common infections seen. According to Medicine Net, these infections are not caused by sex but even through kissing, oral-genital contact, and the use of sexual toys like vibrators. While some infections do not always show symptoms that are immediately apparent, most of the visible symptoms usually develop in the genital area.

Here are a few symptoms that will help you understand the problem and get treatment sooner:

1. Painful urination

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Burning sensation while urinating can be referred to as dysuria. This sensation is caused due to sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The painful sensation and irritation while urinating happen when the urine comes in contact with the lesions or sores in the urethra. It can also happen when urine comes in contact with inflammation at the tip of the penis. If you experience an abnormal burning sensation, make sure you check with your doctor. Painful urination is one of the most common symptoms of STIs.

2. Unnatural discharge from vagina or penis

In addition to other symptoms, STIs usually cause the genitals to produce a discharge. In the case of men, the penis produces a watery, cloudy discharge containing pus. This can be accompanied by pain, burning sensation while urination and itching. Women, on the other hand, produce a yellow vaginal discharge. If the vaginal discharge is not accompanied by other symptoms and is odorless, you need not worry. However, if that is not the case, it may be due to Trichomoniasis or Chlamydia. If you have Trichomoniasis, you will experience other symptoms such as pain during urination and an unpleasant odor. But Chlamydia does not show any other signs according to Medical News Today.

3. Severe itching

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People who suffer from infections usually experience severe itching in their genital area. Itching, in general, can cause discomfort. However, if it occurs in sensitive areas like the vagina, it can get really uncomfortable. Certain STIs like Chlamydia can cause severe itching. It is usually accompanied by stomach pain, swelling around the vaginal area or anus, etc. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems. In men, the itching can occur in the area of the penis or the external genital organs.

4. Swelling or redness

Swelling and redness is a noticeable symptom seen in people suffering from sexually transmitted infections. According to Family Doctor, a red painless sore is one of the earliest signs of Syphilis. The sore can appear on the penis, vagina, rectum or even on the throat. The small sore then contributes to the swelling of the glands. This condition should be taken seriously as the infection can spread to the blood. Small blisters and swollen glands are also observed in the case of Herpes

5. Pain during sex

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Given the fact that most of the symptoms have to do with the genitals, this should come as no surprise. According to Verywell Health, the pain may be caused due to the swelling in the genital parts, irritation or the genital discharge. Infections such as gonorrhea, herpes, trichomoniasis can contribute to a lot of pain while having sex. Another reason may be due to the untreated infection. Untreated STIs can cause a condition known as a pelvic inflammatory disease. This should be taken seriously as it can lead to infertility.

6. Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Periods for women are normal. However, if you start to bleed, regardless of it, sexually transmitted diseases can be the reason for it. This may be due to the inflammation caused by disease in the uterus. This condition is called pelvic inflammatory disease. Infections like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can cause vaginal bleeding. If you experience bleeding along with yellow vaginal discharge, visit the doctor and get the required treatment.

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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.