Be careful out there!
Itching or Rash
If you notice that your genital area is itchy or inflamed, take note. It could be a form of vulval dermatitis, an allergic reaction to anything from condoms to shower gel. A rash could also be a symptom of herpes, which appear as small red bumps or whitish blisters. Symptoms of herpes can vary from person to person, so sometimes people don’t even know that they have it. Best to have anything out of the ordinary checked out by a doctor.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Healthy vaginal discharge is clear, cloudy to yellowish and is perfectly normal. However, discharge that is greenish-yellow, frothy or white and lumpy is cause for concern. These could be symptoms for something as simple as a yeast infection or as series as gonorrhea. If you notice a change in the color, smell or consistency of your vaginal discharge, you should probably make an appointment to see your doctor.
Believe it or not, having no symptoms doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Many STDs are asymptomatic, meaning you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary (a good example is HPV). This is why it’s so important to get regular checkups and STD screenings once a year to make sure everything is okay. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
If you get a burning sensation when you urinate, it’s definitely time to see the doctor. It could be the symptom of a simple urinary tract infection, but it could also be something more serious like chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis. If you are noticing painful urination, don’t attempt to “wait it out.”
Spotting or light bleeding between periods could be attributed to many things: improper use of birth control, menopause or hormonal imbalance. But abnormal bleeding can also be a symptom of STDs like genital warts or even cervical cancer. Since it’s such a normal thing for most women to spot during their cycle, it may be something easy to overlook.