Taking care of your health is something not to ignore, more importantly your sexual health. Current report says only in England, more than 400,000 people are diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year, which means, the figure is reducing.
Being conscious of your body respond is very necessary so as to know when you are or not normal. This can assist you to dictate when something is wrong.
Symptoms to show that actually you have a sexual health problem:
Visible lumps and bumps around your genitals
When you find a lump or bump on your scrotum, it can be a sign of an infection, e.g. genital warts but not always because; Ingrown hairs are common, and can cause lumps and bumps around the genitals too. This occurs mainly when you either shave the area or have sensitive skin.
But according to Sue Burchill, Head of Nursing for the sexual health charity,
“Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are small growths or bumps that appear on or around the genital or anal area. They are usually painless but look unpleasant and this can be distressing. You don’t need to have penetrative sex to pass on genital warts, but they can be passed on during vaginal or anal sex, or by sharing sex toys. If you’re at all concerned, get checked out as soon as possible.”
Many people usually observe something unhealthy with their sexual health. This most happens when they experience excruciating pain, burning or stinging whilst urinating; Which is mainly as a result of an infection of the urinary tract, which isn’t an STI but can be caused by one.
Also Sue said; ‘’pain or burning when you pee can actually be a symptom of several STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis. If you’re experiencing this, speak to your doctor because if it isn’t an STI, it may still need treatment.
This is a common sign oftentimes indicates that something is wrong.
Sue says; “If you notice discharge from the penis or rectum that is unusual for you, it could be an STI,” she added, “Often a discharge that is an unusual green or yellow may be down to gonorrhoea. Whilst with trichomoniasis, you may experience a frothy, white discharge. If it’s odourless, thick, white, white and a bit like cottage cheese, it’s likely to be a yeast infection, or thrush.”
Pain of any sort
However, a number of STIs may cause symptoms like; pain or an unusual discomfort.
Sue also explains; “Pain can be your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, or part of your needs some care and attention,” explains Sue.
If you feel pain or swelling in the testicles, this could be an indication of chlamydia, gonorrhoea or trichomoniasis, so get it checked out and don’t ignore it.
Sue continues; ”although it’s really common, if you’re finding sex painful, don’t ignore it. She says, whether it’s your first time or not, sex shouldn’t be painful. “Pain or bleeding during sex or after sex could be an indication of chalmydia or trichomoniasis,” .
Cause an eye infection
Also according to Bekki Burbidge, Deputy Chief Executive of the sexual health charity FPA;
In some STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, it’s possible to transfer infected semen or vaginal fluid to the eye where it can cause an eye infection,
She says;”Something people often don’t realise, or aren’t sure about, is that you can get and pass on STIs from oral sex, so unless you know for certain that a partner doesn’t have an STI, then use a condom or dam to cover the genitals or anus during oral sex.”
No symptoms at all
It’s very common to have an STI, but not notice any signs or symptoms. This may be due to the symptoms being mild, or you may have symptoms without realising, warns Bekki.
“Chlamydia is one of the most commonly diagnosed STIs, but one in two men with chlamydia won’t have any obvious signs or symptoms, or will have symptoms so mild they’re not noticed,” she says. “Genital herpes is also common and many people have the herpes virus without ever knowing it. Around one in 10 men with genital gonorrhoea won’t have signs or symptoms.”
You can’t tell whether someone has an STI just by looking at them, so if you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner or someone whose STI status you’re not sure of, then it’s time to get tested.
If you notice anything unusual or something doesn’t feel quite right, it’s important to visit your GP or sexual health professional for an examination. You can find your nearest service using Brook’s Find a Service tool or the FPA’s find a clinic tool.