What Are the Symptoms of an STD in Women?


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While symptoms vary from one STD to another, odor and/or discharge in the vagina and pain during urination are fairly common among women for a number of different infections, according to Mayo Clinic. The initial signs generally show up within a week or two after exposure.

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What Are the Symptoms of an STD in Women?
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Chlamydia involves bacterial infection in the genital tract, and symptoms often manifest between one and three weeks after initial exposure. The symptoms are often mild and do not last long, so they are easy to miss. Women with chlamydia experience pain during sexual intercourse and urination, general pain in the lower abdomen, vaginal discharge and bleeding between periods, notes Mayo Clinic.

Gonorrhea is a different bacterial infection that shows up in the genital tract but also appears in the anus, throat, mouth and/or eyes, depending on the patient. Initial symptoms start to appear about 10 days after first exposure, but sometimes symptoms do not show up for months. Women experience itching in the anus, pain during urination and defecation, heavy bleeding during and between periods and a cloudy or bloody discharge from the vagina, explains Mayo Clinic.

Trichomoniasis is a parasitic STD that causes a strong odor and/or itching in the vagina, as well as pain during sex and urination and a vaginal discharge that is yellow, green, white or clear. Initial signs of HIV include fever, fatigue, rash, headache, swelling in the lymph glands and/or sore throat, states Mayo Clinic.

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