Worried about a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) ?
If you suspect you have an STD/STI, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it!
What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are conditions that are contracted through sexual contact. If left untreated, many STDs can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility in women.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Many women are actually asymptomatic, meaning they experience no symptoms at all.
That doesn’t mean that they aren’t harmful – regular checkups are necessary to ensure you are clear of these conditions.
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itch
- Vaginal pain + swelling
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sex
- Abnormal periods (heavy periods, irregular periods)
- Growths, lumps, bumps or ulcers in the genital region
- Pain on passing urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen
What are the causes of STDs?
This is the commonest STD in both men and women.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhoea can also be found in the vaginal, oral and anal regions.
This condition is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
Herpes results in recurrent episodes of painful ulcers or blisters in the oral or genital area.
4. Genital warts
Infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can cause warts.
Syphilis is contracted by contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs due to contact with infected blood or genital secretions.
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This common STD is caused by infection with a parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis.
70% of infected people are asymptomatic.
Remember, most STDs/ STIs don’t have symptoms. Regular screening is the only way to ensure your best sexual health.
So don’t put your fertility at risk!
If you’ve had unprotected sexual contact or multiple sexual partners, you may have been exposed to any of the above infections. Get tested early!
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Need a Female Doctor?
Having Women’s Health concerns? Please visit us or contact us at our Women’s Clinic in Singapore. We are open on weekends too.
1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen
Main Doctor: Dr Michelle Chia
180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Telephone: +65 6884 4119
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday & Friday
9.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday – Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Public Holiday – Closed
2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson
Main Doctors: Dr Grace Huang
(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)
11 Unity Street,
#02-06/07, Robertson Walk
Telephone: +65 6238 7810
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm
9.00 am – 9.00 pm
9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Public Holiday – Closed
Other Women’s Sexual Health Articles:
- Vaginal Yeast Infection (Thrush)
- A Women Guide to Contraception
- STD Trichomoniasis and Green Fishy Smell Discharge
- STD Chlamydia Screening & Treatment
- STD Women’s Gonorrhoea Symptoms & Treatment
- STD Women’s Herpes Infection
- Urine Pain & Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU)
- Bleeding After Sex
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
- Women’s STD Screening, Testing and Treatment Service