Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most common types of infections after the cold and flu. If you suspect you might have an STD and want to get tested or need treatment, see Wendy Goodall McDonald, MD, and the experts at Women's Health Consulting IL, LLC. Located in The Loop in Chicago, the office is conveniently located so you can get the care you need quickly and privately. To set up an appointment, call or schedule online today.
You should be tested for STDs before engaging in any type of sexual activity with a new partner. Your doctor also recommends STD screening during pregnancy, as some types of STDs can cause health problems for the baby or may require you to get a cesarean section (C-section) to avoid harm to your baby during the birth process.
STD screenings can be performed along with your annual well-woman exam so you can stay up-to-date on your health status or when needed based on your sexual history.
STDs can range in severity and have a wide array of possible signs and symptoms. Common signs of STDs include:
Some symptoms of STDs overlap with other conditions, like burning during urination caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI). It’s always best to see your doctor and get tested right away when you experience any of these symptoms in order to avoid potentially spreading an STD to your partner.
Most STD screenings involve providing a blood or urine sample. In many cases, results come back within 2-24 hours. Your doctor can also perform a pelvic exam to look for signs of an STD that may be causing genital warts or bloody discharge.
Treatment for most types of STDs includes a course of antibiotics or other medications. Your doctor explains when to take the medication, or in the case of a medicated cream, how and where to apply the cream.
It’s important to finish using the entire prescription, even if your symptoms clear up before you’ve finished taking all of your medication.
If you want to be sexually active, it’s important to use condoms every time you have sex in order to prevent the spread of STDs. Birth control pills do not prevent against STDs, which are spread through physical contact with an infected person. Always discuss your STD status before engaging in any sexual activities with a new partner.
To get screened for STDs, call Women’s Health Consulting IL or set up a confidential appointment using the online booking system now