While sex is meant for procreation, it is also meant to be enjoyable. Pleasurable sex, however, is secondary in importance when it comes to a woman being healthy. This is because health issues can arise from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well as vaginal infections.
The following list provides detailed information on vaginal infections and STDs. Contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Unfortunately, some of these conditions have no symptoms. However, if you suspect you may have these conditions, you are still advised to see your doctor immediately.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): Bacterial Vaginosis, which is commonly referred to as BV, is an overgrowth of bacteria. BV is mostly found in sexually active women; however, it’s not a STD. Symptoms of this condition, which is also known as “gardnerella,” are vaginal burning, swelling and itching; an odorous, fishy smell; and a milky white vaginal discharge.
Candidiasis: This vaginal infection is known by its common name, “yeast infection.” This happens when there is an overgrowth of candida (yeast) in the vagina. It should be noted that Candidiasis is not a sexually transmitted disease. This infection is normally found in pregnant women, diabetics, women on oral contraceptives or women with low immune systems. The symptoms for this infection are vaginal irritation and swelling; redness along with burning in the vulva and vagina; and a white, odorless discharge that looks like cottage cheese.
Chlamydia: This is a bacteria infection that’s transmitted through sex. While Chlamydia rarely has any symptoms, it can cause complications if left untreated. These complications are Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). When symptoms are present, however, most women endure painful sexual intercourse and menstruation; burning urination, and abnormal, pus-like vaginal discharge.
Genital Warts: Medically known as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), this STD can lead to cervical cancer. Soft growths either in or around the vaginal area is the dominant symptom for this STD.
Gonorrhea: This is a STD that – like Chlamydia – can cause PID. Also like Chlamydia, there are rarely any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, it is comparable to Chlamydia: painful sexual intercourse or menstruation; burning urination, and abnormal pus-like vaginal discharge.
Hepatitis B: This is the only STD that is treatable with a vaccine. Hepatitis B is a virus that can lead to serious health complications such as liver cancer, cirrhosis, and death. Because it hardly has any symptoms, it can be transmitted through sex easily. However, symptoms do eventually show up. These symptoms are fatigue, mild fever, muscle and joint aches; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea, a change in feces and urine’s color, and abdominal discomfort.
Herpes: Herpes is a viral infection transmitted through sex, particularly oral sex. Herpes symptoms are highly recognizable. They are painful blisters and ulcers on the affected oral or genital area. In addition to this, flu-like symptoms occur. Although the first blisters outbreak lasts for a short time, it does reappear later.
Pelvis Inflammatory Disease (PID): This infection is associated with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. This is because both of these diseases can lead to PID if they aren’t treated immediately. In effect, PID, which infects the fallopian tubes and the uterus lining, can cause either infertility or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
Syphilis: Sexual intercourse is how this STD is transmitted. If Syphilis is left untreated, a rash develops. Even worse, heart disease, paralysis, and blindness can follow. Women don’t experience any symptoms in the early stages. However, a hard, painless sore eventually appears in the affected area. This sore is likely to disappear within 4-6 weeks.
Trichomoniasis: Sometimes called “tric,” Trichomoniasis spread through sexual intercourse. Some women may not experience any symptoms; on the other hand, others may experience several discomforting symptoms. These symptoms include vaginal irritation, painful sex and urination; swelling, burning, and extreme redness. A foul of fishy odor is accompanied with vaginal discharge that is mixed with the colors yellow, gray, and green.Read More