Midwife Matters

Pregnancy preparations, women's health, and care options

How do I find out if I have an STI?

Only a health care provider can determine whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease. The symptoms we will provide here are general guidelines only. You must contact your health care provider to decide whether a symptom indicates you have an STI.

However, you should conduct a genital self-examination once a month and notify your health care provider to decide whether a symptom indicates you have an STI.

How do I conduct a self-examination?

Carefully examine the area beneath your pubic hair, and the outside and opening of your vagina. Take note of any blisters, sores, warts, lumps or discolorations. Also take note of any unusual fluid discharges.

These symptoms may or may not be signs of sexually transmitted diseases, but detecting any is a reason to consult your health care provider.

« Sexually Transmitted Infections


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