If You're Sexually Active Here's What You Need to Know About STDs

You might not realize it but STDs are incredibly common. That's why practicing safe sex is so important. At North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, our doctors see many cases of STDs that could’ve been prevented. That’s why we’ve created this informative guide to keep you and your partners safe. Here's everything you need to know about STDs:

What are the most common STDs and symptoms?

You might suspect you have an STD if your genitals itch or burn, but there are many different kinds of STDs and they all have unique symptoms. Some, however, don't have any noticeable symptoms. It's possible you have an STD and don’t realize it. 

Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases include:

How can STDs be prevented?

You can prevent STDs through abstinence. But, that might not be a practical option. Using barrier methods properly is the best way to prevent STD transmission.

Barrier methods include male and female condoms for vaginal or anal intercourse. Male condoms for mouth to penis contact (fellatio), and dental dams for mouth to vulva contact (cunnilingus).

If you use these methods properly, you can reduce your risk of getting or giving STDs. You should also get tested regularly, even if you’re in an assumed monogamous relationship. Make sure you’re keeping an open dialogue with your partners as well. 

If you think you may have an STD or want to learn more contact our Plano, Texas OB/GYN office for an appointment.

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