Testicular pain can be anything from an infection including STDs as well as anatomical problems especially with one side being painful and larger than the other side. The only way any of these can be diagnosed is by a physician.View Thread
Although most women do not get UTIs by having sex, sexual activity can put a lady at risk for a UTI. This tends to be an issue more in women who have 3 or more UTIs a year.
Research has shown that the following sexual behaviors may put a woman at increased risk.
Spermicides containing Nonoxynol-9 may promote UTIs. It has been shown to help E. coli bacteria stick to the wall of the vagina or opening to the bladder. If enough stick there you develop an infection. Blueberry and cranberry juice have been shown to reduce the "stickiness" of E. coli helping to reduce infections.
o Condoms containing nonoxynol-9 is included as well o Barriers such as diaphragm and the cervical cap because they require the use of spermicides as listed above.
Frequent sex - one theory possibly due to change in the vaginal pH from semen. This could in theory decrease the good bacteria that keep the vagina acidic. If the vagina is not acidic bacteria that cause UTIs can grow.
Men tend not to get UTIs unless they have a large prostate or a catheter in the penis.View Thread
Some data have shown an increase risk of cervical cancer in women who use estrogen containing oral contraceptive. If a lady has an abnormal pap smear, then she may have cervical disease. Untreated cervical disease can progress to a pre-cancer or cancer depending on the severity of the disease. With the possibility of estrogen containing birth control helping to increase disease, many doctors may opt to recommend another type of birth control. If a doctor thinks the risk does not overweigh the benefit then that type of treatment will not be offered.View Thread
It is not uncommon for women to have irregular vaginal bleeding within a month of using emergency contraception. Furthermore, just under 20% of women will have irregular bleeding even within the 1st week of use.View Thread
The nerve that goes to the vagina also goes to the bladder. So some women may feel the sensation to urinate after sex because the nerve has been stimulated. To reduce potential accidents I would recommend urinating just before sex. So even if there is a sensation to urinate after sex, you reduce the likelihood of having a full bladder. Also things such as caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol have been reported to cause bladder irritation. So I would recommend avoiding those things prior to sex.View Thread
Friable cervix just means that there were signs of irritation such as easy spotting and peeling away of the layer of the cervix when performing a pap. The test done with the Pap smear called a wet prep can quickly diagnose bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV can cause a friable cervix as well as other infections. The wet prep exam is just simply looking at the vaginal secretions. It is used to diagnose yeast infections, and trichomoniasis and cervicitis cause by gonorrhea and chlamydia. There are other tests that can be done with the vaginal secretions that can be done to confirm a diagnosis of gonorrhea and chlamydia. All of this testing tends to be done at the same time of the Pap smear.View Thread
Part of good sexual health is just that, staying healthy and disease free.
There are many sexually transmitted diseases. Some of these need to be checked for at least one a year. This is called screening. Other you can get tested for based on symptoms. This is called diagnosing.
1. Why should a person be tested? · Untreated infections can lead to spread of infection to another person. · Some infections (gonorrhea and Chlamydia) can lead to infertility · Almost all of these infections can cause harm to an unborn or newborn baby. They can lead to birth defects, early labor, and blindness or sever illness from infections and fetal death. · Some infections (including syphilis and HIV) can even result in disability or death to the infected person if left untreated.
2. What can a person be tested for · HIV, · Gonorrhea, · Chlamydia, · Syphilis, · Trichomoniasis, or "trich" · Bacterial Vaginosis 3. Who should get tested? · Anyone who wants to be tested · Anyone with penile or vaginal discharge · Men who have symptoms such as burning with urination and recent sexual activity especially age less than 45 · Pregnant women · Sexually active female age 25 years and younger (specifically for gonorrhea and Chlamydia) · Anyone who tests positive for at least one STD · Someone who is HIV positive or has AIDS · "High risk" patients. This includes anyone who has had sex with more than 5 people in a lifetime or more than 1 person in a year. · Men who have sex with men 4. How often should a person be tested? · HIV: CDC (Centers for Disease Control) now recommends that everyone should be screened for HIV at least once a year regardless of whether you are having sex. On an individual basis if you doctor thinks you have no risk, they may not offer it to you. · Women usually are tested or offered testing once a year at their routine physical to prevent missed diagnosis of gonorrhea or Chlamydia. § During routine pregnancy evaluations · Men who have sex with men may be offered specific testing such as syphilis once a year · People who are HIV+ or have AIDS tend to receive testing at least once a year 5. What about herpes and genital warts? · Unfortunately, some STDs have to be diagnosed because there is little you can do to screen for it. Things like herpes and genital warts fall into this category. An example is a lot of people have cold sores or fever blister in their life. Taking a blood test to say you have had a cold sore when there is no sore just costs the patient money and pain (through a blood draw or unnecessary stress) and there is absolutely no treatment that would be given for this. But if a person has a cold sore on their lip then they can go to the doctor and get diagnosed and treatment if needed. This is the same with herpes of the genitals and genital warts. You have a "sore" or you don't. If there is a sore, you need to be treated. If there is no sore there is no treatment no matter the blood test results.
You can not become addicted to birth control. Prolong use will not make you infertile. You take them as long as you want to prevent pregnancy whether it is 5, 10, 15, 20 years. That or your doctor takes you off for medical reasons.
I still recommend condoms. Polyurethane condoms (latex free) are available and do protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. They do not cause the irritation that people may get from latex allergies. View Thread
Don't' worry your cervix is not a plug that hold your insides up or in so nothing will fall out. Multiple studies show that women who have had hysterectomies have improvement or no change in sexual function. Some studies show even an increase in sexual frequency and the orgasm. There does not seem to be any data stating the partners have any complaints about sexual satisfaction. View Thread
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