No one likes to think that they may have contracted an STI (also known as STD). Getting over this stigma is actually an important part of dealing with the infection. It’s also one of the best things about using the sexual health advice services of a private clinic like Broadgate Clinic London Wall. Our walk in STD clinic London Wall facility is staffed by professional, understanding and discrete clinicians who can help you to be tested, diagnosed, and if necessary treated, without any fuss.

Making a self diagnosis

If you know the symptoms to watch out for should you have been unfortunate enough to contract an STI, you can alert yourself to the likelihood that you’ve been infected if you know what symptoms to look out for. Naturally the symptoms do vary slightly depending on the type of STD you may have caught. So let’s first take a look at the common symptoms that many STIs share, and then we’ll highlight any individual symptoms as a separate exercise

The common symptoms most STIs share

Don’t forget that symptoms have a tendency to vary from person to person, and that you may experience one or more. Common symptoms include:

  • Discomfort when urinating
  • An unusual discharge from the penis or the vagina
  • A rash in the genital area
  • An irritation in the genital area
  • Sores or lumps in the genital area or around the anus

Specific symptoms of specific STIs

In addition to symptoms that commonly present with a number of STIs, there are a number of symptoms that are specific to certain STIs. Here is a brief run-down of those symptoms and the infections they are associated with. You’ll see that some symptoms can relate to one of more types of infection.

Specific symptoms of STIs in men

  • Testicular pain – Chlamydia
  • Inflammation (occasionally accompanied by swelling) of the penis’ foreskin – G
  • Headaches – Herpes
  • Back aches – Herpes
  • Flu-like symptoms (including high temperature and swollen glands) – Herpes, Syphilis
  • Small lumps in the groin area – Syphilis
  • Tiny visible lice-like creatures and eggs – Crabs (pubic lice)
  • Spots of blood on skin in the genital area – Crabs (pubic lice)

Specific symptoms of STIs in women

  • Pain in the lower abdomen – Chlamydia
  • Pain during sexual intercourse – Chlamydia
  • Bleeding during and/or after sexual intercourse – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
  • Bleeding in between periods – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea
  • Heavier periods than usual – Chlamydia
  • Headaches – Herpes
  • Back aches – Herpes
  • Flu-like Symptoms (including high temperature and swollen glands) – Herpes, Syphilis
  • Small lumps in the groin area – Syphilis
  • Tiny visible lice-like creatures and eggs – Crabs (pubic lice)
  • Spots of blood on skin in the genital area – Crabs (pubic lice)

Some people do not present any symptoms at all

Unfortunately, just because you show no symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have an STI. Many people (both men and women) do not present any symptoms at all. With some types of STIs this can be the case with up to 50% of those infected. The danger is however that infected people can still pass the infection on, even though do not have any symptoms themselves.

Use the walk-in sexual health clinic services of Broadgate GP London Wall

If you display any or some of the symptoms shown above, you should be prudent and get yourself checked out. The walk in STD clinic London based facility Broadgate GP have at London Wall is an ideal choice. Not having to make an appointment means you can drop in when it is most convenient to you to do so, and with prices starting from £30, it is not only discrete, but affordable.

Get yourself checked out at Broadgate Clinic London Wall – the sooner the better

Whatever you do, if you suspect you may have been infected with in STI (whether or not you are displaying symptoms, call round to Broadgate Clinic London Wall and for peace of mind, have yourself checked out – the earlier the better.