Most Common Asymptomatic STDs in Women

STD word cloudMore than half of women are skipping screenings for STDs because they aren’t displaying symptoms. Sleeper STDs that women should get screened for on a yearly basis include the following:

CHLAMYDIA

According to the CDC, less than 5 percent of women with chlamydia display symptoms.

In fact, even the women who do display symptoms often brush off symptoms because they are so non-specific. Some symptoms include increased vaginal discharge or burning. Though chlamydia is curable, if it is left untreated for an extended period of time, it can cause problems in your uterus and fallopian tubes. It can also cause your body to create scar tissue, which leads to pelvic inflammatory disease.

HPV

HPV has become one of the most rampant STDs in the United States in recent years.

Though HPV can cure itself in time, it can also drastically increase your chance of getting genital warts and, in extreme cases, cervical cancer. HPV can be detected with an abnormal pap smear.

GONORRHEA

According to the CDC, less than 50 percent of women display symptoms for gonorrhea.

If symptoms, such as frequent urination, abnormal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding and lower abdominal pain do occur, women often mistake them for bladder or vaginal infections. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility or ectopic pregnancies.

HERPES

Surprised to see this on the list? You’re not the only one.

Most women expect they would develop a rash or infection if they develop genital herpes. However, most cases are asymptomatic. There is no cure for herpes, but getting the issue under control early may prevent you from spreading it to sexual partners and may prevent future painful breakouts.

Contact the physicians at Women’s Health Partners, LLC to get your routine STD screening.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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