Top 10 STD Signs and Symptoms for Women:
1. Painful Urination: This can be the result of a number of STDs including
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Trichomoniasis.
2. Vaginal Discharge: Discharge that has an unusual smell and/or is thin,
clear, milky, yellowish, greenish, mucus-like, cloudy, thick, or bloody could be
due to Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Trichomoniasis.
3. Sores, Bumps, or Blisters on the Genital Area, Anus, Tongue
or Lips: Small painless sores can be a symptom of Syphilis, while small red
bumps, blisters or open sores may be symptoms of Herpes.
4. Fever: This can be a vague symptom as many illnesses can cause a fever.
However, when your body is fighting the early stages of HIV or Syphilis, this
may be your only symptom.
5. Itching: Gonorrhea can cause anal itching, Trichomoniasis can cause vaginal
itching, Herpes can cause itching around the genital area, butt, and inner
thighs, and Hepatitis can cause generalized itching.
6. Pain: Pain during sex may be due to Chlamydia or Trichomoniasis, while
Gonorrhea can cause painful bowel movements. Additionally, Chlamydia can
cause lower abdominal pain, Herpes can cause pain around the genital area,
butt, and inner thighs, and Hepatitis can cause muscle or joint pain as well as
abdominal pain especially around your liver (right side beneath your lower
7. Swollen Lymph Glands: This may be one of the first symptoms of HIV or
8. Fatigue: This could be a symptom of either HIV or Syphilis.
9. Headache: This could be an early symptom of HIV.
10. Rash: Again, this could be an early symptom of HIV.
Keep in mind that a significant number of females who contract STDs will remain
asymptomatic, meaning they show no signs or symptoms of an infection. While condoms are highly effective for preventing the spread of STDs, they are not 100% effective.