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What Every Sexually Active Woman Should Know About STDs

Feb 13, 2023
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Caring for your sexual well-being is important for your overall health, especially for women since they can be at a higher risk for developing STDs. Read on to learn more about what every sexually active woman should know about STDs.

Did you know that chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States? 

When you think of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you might automatically think of herpes or HIV since they’re typically discussed more. However, many STDs can be detrimental to the health of women.

Janelle Solomon, FNP, and our team at Better Health Management, located in the Financial District of Manhattan, have four things about STDs we want you to know and be aware of if you’re a sexually active woman.

1. Women are at a higher risk for developing STDs

Unfortunately, the female anatomy is simply more susceptible to developing STDs. The skin around the vagina is thin and much more delicate, which makes it easier for viruses to penetrate it. The vagina is also an excellent breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. 

So when it comes down to it, women just have a much higher chance of getting an STD than men.

2. Women are more likely to be asymptomatic

Although the exact reason is unknown, women are likelier not to have any symptoms with an STD, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea.

In addition, women are more likely to have unnoticed symptoms or dismiss them as something else. For example, a burning or itching sensation and abnormal discharge might be attributed to a yeast infection. 

3. HPV is the most common STD in women

Women have a much higher chance of not only getting HPV but also developing symptoms such as genital warts or mouth and throat infections. HPV can also cause a greater risk of developing cervical cancer.

While men are also very likely to develop HPV, men don’t see nearly as many health repercussions as women. 

4. STDS can be detrimental to reproductive health

If an STD gets past your radar undetected and isn’t treated properly, it can have serious health consequences. An untreated STD can lead to a pelvic inflammatory disease which can cause problems with fertility or an ectopic pregnancy.

Women who are pregnant can also pass on STDs to their babies.

To avoid STDs, it’s important to use a condom from start to finish every time you have sex. You should also be upfront about your sexual health with our team to ensure you receive the best of care.

Next steps

To learn more about how to protect yourself against STDs, to schedule an annual screening, or to talk about birth control, don’t hesitate to contact our office located in Lower Manhattan, New York, or use our online scheduler to request an appointment with us today.