This is Jessica’s story. She shares her experience with chlamydia and gonorrhea, and she has a message for all of you. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.
“I know I’ve had a slew of yeast infections, lots of bizarre bouts of discharge AND spotting between my periods in my 30 years of surviving planet earth. But I never once thought I had gonorrhea or chlamydia.” Said Jessica
The STDs I’ve avoided confronting the most are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Herpes has so many visible symptoms, it’s impossible not to think about, and HIV/AIDS had such a devastating impact on our culture, it’s been lingering in my brain forever.
I never really heard a ton about chlamydia or gonorrhea, though, so I didn’t seek out the knowledge often. In high school, it was like these were feared, elusive and quiet diseases.
Naturally, I heard about people getting it, but I was never really sure how I could get it or what the symptoms were. I assumed as long as I felt (and looked) OK, then I was totally fine.
So I decided it was time to break the chlamydia and gonorrhea silence and get some expert advice, and thank goodness I did because I learned a LOT.
I spoke with OB/GYN Dr. Gan. The sobering truth she mentioned was that majority of STI cases are asymptomatic, meaning they have no physical symptoms whatsoever.
While gonorrhea and chlamydia “don’t usually feel like anything.” “A lot of people think just because they feel fine, they are fine. And that simply isn’t true,” she says.
Unfortunately, STIs are notorious “biologically against women.” This means women under 25 years old are in the majority of people who have both chlamydia and gonorrhea. However, If chlamydia and gonorrhea go untreated, they are likely to have extremely serious ramifications, which may be even direr in women than in men.
Some of the symptoms women can experience when they have chlamydia and gonorrhea are “yellow-green discharge, light bleeding between your periods and an occasional burning sensation while urinating.” In fact, if both infections go untreated, there’s a higher risk for pelvic inflammatory, inflammatory disease, infertility, chronic pelvic pain and cervical cancer.
I know I’ve had a slew of yeast infections, lots of bizarre bouts of discharge AND spotting between my periods in my 30 years of surviving planet earth. But I never once thought I had gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Instead, I just blindly chalked it up to unbalanced hormones and a humid climate. And the truth is, it probably is just that. Once again, these two STIs are usually devoid of visible symptoms.
Lucky for all of us, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be cured! Chlamydia and gonorrhea usually require a dose of antibiotics.
Her message to you:
In short, use a condom. Condoms are 98 percent effective at preventing STDs. So wrap it up, get tested, enjoy the bloom of your youth and stay healthy.
Just because you feel fine, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting your health check and test. Don’t wait too long.
So how often should we head to the clinic for testing?
You should be getting tested at least once a year or more, depending on how many sexual partners you have or how high-risk your sexual partner is.
If you haven’t had your health check done in the last 24 months, I would like to urge you to do one today.
Contact us to schedule a health check here.