Monitoring your sexual and reproductive health is critical to living a healthy life. Approximately half of sexually active people will contract a sexually transmitted infection by age 25, according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant should face unique risks. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that cases of congenital syphilis — when a mother passes syphilis to her baby — had more than doubled since 2013.Sexually transmitted diseases and STIs also aren’t always easy to catch — many STD and STI symptoms resemble a common cold or a bad stomach bug. Dr. Daniel Breitkopf of Mayo Clinic spoke with Woman’s Day about common STD symptoms that women should know about, and how to know when you should head to the doctor.
Here are 7 common STD symptoms women need to know about;