Do you know what STI is? If you constantly engage in unprotected intercourse, then you need to read this article.
Also known as sexually transmitted infection, it is usually passed from one individual to another through to anal, oral, or genital penetration (and contact). You may also contract it if you share sex toys with your partner. Its common cause is the presence of virus, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms.
Many cases of STIs are prevalent among sexually active people below twenty-five years old. But, in some instances, it can affect any person, who engages in unprotected sex.
Generally, people with any sexually transmitted infection do not exhibit symptoms; however, there are some signs to lookout for.
These typically include the following:
Burning sensation during urination
Pain (sometimes accompanied with bleeding) while having sex or after
Ache in the lower abdomen and testicles
Bleeding between menstrual periods
Blisters, lumps, rashes, and itches around the anus or genitals
Abnormal discharge from private organs
If you are sexually active and you want to lessen the risk of STIs, you should remember the following prevention methods.
1. Use protection
Perhaps, the most effective means of avoiding most diseases acquired through sexual intercourse is using condoms, especially during anal, oral, or vaginal sex since it prohibits skin-on-skin contact. But, while it protects you from several STIs, it does not keep you safe from genital warts or herpes because these two types typically arise even if you or your partner is wearing rubber.
2. Plan regular medical checkups
Always make it a point to visit an STI clinic, where a specialist screens you for sexually transmitted diseases or infections. If the test result comes out positive, the doctor will provide you with the appropriate treatment, mostly antibiotics. Assuming that you are taking in a medication, you should go through another examination (preferably after two weeks) to determine whether the cure is effective or not. Furthermore, you have to ensure that the infection is indeed gone before having an intercourse again.
3. Limit your sexual partners
If you have sex with more than one person, find out about his or her sexual history. You should also determine whether he or she has gone through examination or not. Since this can put the both of you in an awkward situation, the best solution is to stick to one partner.
By following these pieces of advice, your chances of contracting sexually transmitted infection will become lesser. However, you have to deepen your knowledge by talking with a doctor about this matter.