Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infectious bacteria or viruses that are spread through genital contact. Since men and women have different reproductive organs, they will have varying infectious symptoms.

What are the symptoms of STDs or STIs in women? Below are three of the most common STDs and how they present in women.


Gonorrhea can cause burning with urination, so it can be easily confused with a urinary tract infection. Women also experience spotting between menstrual periods or changes in color or amount of vaginal discharge. Abdominal or pelvic pain is common.

Additionally, gonorrhea can cause pain, swelling, or other symptoms in the eyes, throat, anus, and joints.


Symptoms of chlamydia may take weeks to arise. They include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the lower back or abdomen
  • Painful urination
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Painful sex
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

Genital Herpes

Some women may not have an outbreak of herpes, but if they do, the first outbreak is usually the worst. Blisters filled with fluid are present at the sight of infection, usually around the genitals. Even though the blisters will heal, the virus remains dormant and future outbreaks are possible. In addition to blisters, women may also experience flu-like symptoms, sore genitals or anus, swollen glands, unusual vaginal discharge, and abdominal pressure.

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