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All You Need To Know About STDs In Women & How To Prevent Them

By Sravia Sivaram

According to a study, it was noted that women are more likely to suffer from long-term health complications of untreated STIs than men. Hence, taking care of sexual health and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases are important.

If you're one of those women who is trying to be wary of STDs or are living with them, here are some helpful tips that will help maintain your health in the long run. This article will tell you everything that you need to know about STDs.

Contracting any form of sexually transmitted diseases is very dangerous for women, as it may hamper with their fertility. Further, there are high chances for a pregnant woman to pass an STI to her baby as well.

Also Read: Facts A Woman Should Know About Her Sexual Health

The risk factors involved are quiet high and the best you can do is to protect yourself from STDs. Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is mandatory, as a woman's anatomy itself makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases than a man.

A vagina is covered by a thin and delicate membrane that makes it an easy pathway for viruses and bacteria. Further, the environment is warm and moist and hence makes it a preferable place for the bacteria to thrive on.

Also Read: Sexual Problems Most Common Health Issue After Heart Attack - Study

So, continue reading to know some of the methods of prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.


1. Get Tested When You Notice The Changes:

After having an intercourse, if you notice an unusual discharge from the genital area, itching, a burning feel while urinating or one or more sores in the area, it is time to get treated. This is the best way to know how to maintain sexual health.


2. Ask Your Partner About Their Sexual Health:

There is nothing wrong in asking your partner if they have had some kind of a sexually transmitted infection or a history of STDs. This is for your own good as well as of your partner's.


3. All About Oral:

You might have always thought of how to prevent STDs from oral sex. Well, the chances of getting infected with an STI after having oral sex is quiet less. But, if you have an open wound in the mouth, then you have to be careful.


4. STD To HIV:

If you have any form of a sexually transmitted disease, it will increase the chances of contracting HIV. This is because, the STD will cause inflammation of the genital tissues and reduce the body's ability to fight off HIV.


5. Will Latex Condom Help?

Using latex condoms will reduce the risk of contracting or spreading of HIV. These are most effective in stopping the infections caused by genital fluids.


6. Stop, If You Have Herpes:

If you have herpes, it is best to avoid having an intercourse, as you may also risk your partner's sexual health as well as worsen your condition. Condoms will also help to an extent to reduce the risk.


7. Is Bacterial Vaginosis An STD?

Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted disease, as it can occur in women who haven't had sex at all. But, there are chances of spreading this infection to your partner if you have unprotected sex.


8. Some STDs Do Not Show Symptoms:

Some of the sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, chlamydia, HIV and syphilis do not show any symptoms in the body and therefore are very difficult to be diagnosed. The best way to detect these is by going in for regular body check-ups or STD screening.


9. UTI:

Urinary tract infections are not sexually transmitted diseases and are caused by E. coli, a bacterium that is found in the stool.


10. Yeast Infection:

If you have a yeast infection, it is better to refrain yourself from having an intercourse, as there are high chances of the spread of the infection to your partner.

Hope this post helped you know all about STDs and their prevention. We'd be glad to hear your feedback.

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Story first published: Friday, January 6, 2017, 12:59 [IST]
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