Knowing the Signs: 6 Sexual Symptoms Not to Ignore

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Knowing the Signs: 6 Sexual Symptoms Not to Ignore

Knowing your body is important. Knowing what your body is telling you is also important. Learn some of the bodily alarms that your body may sound of to let you know that your sexual health is in danger.

blog-sexual-symptomsOur bodies often have a way of letting us know when something is amiss. Don’t ignore these signs as they could trigger concerns for your sexual health:

  1. Discharge is perfectly healthy; however, knowing the consistency and color of your discharge during the various phases of your cycle may help you to better identify a more serious health issue. For example, if the fluid is clotted, clumpy and white, (like cottage cheese) it is likely a yeast infection. Vaginal discharge can also signal a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including Gonorrhea (marked by greenish-yellow fluid), Trichomoniasis (the discharge is usually frothy), or Chlamydia (which can cause excessive, clear-to-white discharge).
  2. Inflammation and Itch.  If your genital area is inflamed and itchy, you likely have some form of vulval dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to an irritant that could be anything from shower gel to synthetic underwear fibers. Prompt diagnosis and treatment (usually with cortisone creams and ointments) is essential.
  3. A burning sensation when urinating can be an indication of bacteria in your urinary tract. If you urinate with alarming frequency and it’s extremely painful, bacteria, in the form of a urinary tract infection, might be to blame. This can be caused by frequent intercourse or neglecting to wipe from “front to back”.
  4. Muscle spasms in the form of a condition called vaginismus may be to blame when there are involuntary spasms of the vaginal wall muscles, making penetration painful. Most often the root of the condition is emotional, such as past sexual trauma or anxiety about intercourse.
  5. Bleeding and spotting can be traced to varying factors depending on your age and health. Menopause or a hormonal imbalance may cause your uterus to shed blood and tissue at unexpected times, leading to spotting.

Other causes of bleeding could include endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids (which are benign growths), pelvic inflammatory disease (bacterial infection that spreads to the upper genital tract) or an ectopic pregnancy (which takes root in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus). If you’re pregnant, bleeding could be a sign of a miscarriage

6. Pain during sex, or dyspareunia, is experienced by many women and can sometimes be prevented by avoiding deep thrusting or finding a position that’s pleasurable. If pain persists, there could be many causes: ovarian cysts, infections of the uterus or fallopian tubes, scar tissue from old infections or surgeries, endometriosis or fibroids. If you experience any sustained pain during intercourse, talk with your physician.

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