Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Symptoms girlfriend and I

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I have had a new girlfriend for around 2 months now.

After about 1 and a half months of sex she experienced ovary pain. She also had what seemed like a bladder infection but this was only for a few days after a long road trip. She also mentioned spotting.

The ovary pain comes and goes. She also has an IUD that her gyni said must now come out as it is passed its lifetime.

I have had no symptoms when I met her or at the time she started with symptoms.

However the last week I have bladder pain and constant urge to urinate. No burning or discharge. Anxiety is high.

The confusing part in this is that if we are talking STI, how is it possible that I never had any symptoms but then only the bladder pain and urination only AFTER she has symptoms? Q1

This is not in line with what I read on the Internet. If symptoms do show it is usually within 3 weeks. Why would I only have some symptoms now.

I did once have a uti but then had burning. Got antibiotics. Is it possible that such infection was still in my body? Q2

She is seeing her gyni this week. What is the chance of permanent damage due to pid after such short time? Q3

Answer
CJ,

First of all it isn't uncommon for men and women who practiced unprotected intercourse to give each other UTI's and yeast infections. Its just MORE common for women to get more of them. As for your final question, if she did have pelvic inflammatory disease, we wouldn't be having this conversation; I would be speaking with her instead of you! PID is pretty serious and is a long lasting condition. Since I don't know her symptomology, I cant hazard a guess at that. As for your second question, you had a UTI then cured it; you shouldn't have any long lasting repercussions. And finally back to your first question, yeast infections are often confused for STI's, but aren't. So if you're still scared that you contracted one then get tested to make sure you're clear!

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

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3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

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*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

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American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

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*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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