Untreated STDs

Untreated STDs. 

Did you know? Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can lead to more complicated conditions if left untreated and some STDs can affect other parts of the body. Having an STD increases your risk for other sexually transmitted diseases. Most STDs are treated with antibiotics; however, resistance to antibiotics is increasing in some STDs. There are some STDs have no cure, and you could have an STD with no symptoms. 

What could happen if you do not get treatment for STDs?

Infertility or the inability to get pregnant. Ectopic pregnancy when the pregnancy implants outside the uterus. Scar tissue to parts of the reproductive organs that can lead to pain or infertility. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection that can lead to long term pelvic or abdominal pain and infertility. If you are pregnant, birth defects, low birth weight or even death to the baby. Certain STDs can lead to neurological disorders, blindness, or cancer. 

When should you get tested?

If you are sexually active and any of the following relates to you.

  • If you have had multiple sexual partners and/or your partner has had multiple sexual partners
  • If your partner has tested positive for an STD
  • If you have a new partner that has had previous sexual partners and has not been tested for STDs
  • Any changes in your vaginal secretions or odor
  • Painful intercourse
  • Sores or lesions in vaginal area
  • Burning with urination
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

The information provided above does not include all symptoms or indications for STD testing, nor does it include all possible complications from untreated STDs. If you have a concern or would like to be tested for STDs,  contact us or schedule an appointment today