Which STDs Are Symptom-Free?

If you occasionally engage in unprotected sex, but have avoided having yourself tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because you don’t show any obvious symptoms, you may want to rethink this behavior. Many serious STDs can be asymptomatic for months (or even years), all the while causing damage to your reproductive system and other organs. Other symptoms may be minor and could be written off as a simple yeast infection or the flu. Read on to learn more about some symptom-free STDs for which you may want to seek testing. Chlamydia Chlamydia has so few symptoms that more than 75 percent of women (and more than half of men) who contract this STD show no sign of infection. When symptoms are present, they usually include burning urination, pelvic pain, and occasionally a foul-smelling discharge. When left untreated, the bacteria that cause chlamydia can migrate further into your pelvis, rendering women infertile by creating scar tissue in the uterus and fallopian tubes, and causing men to develop prostate problems. If you give birth while infected with chlamydia, you can pass the infection on to your baby. Gonorrhea Another silent infection, gonorrhea is commonly known as “the clap.” Although symptoms of gonorrhea can take some time to emerge after infection and may stay dormant entirely, they include a thick, smelly discharge, frequent urination, and pelvic pain. Left untreated, gonorrhea can enter the bloodstream, causing damage to the heart and other organs. Once this infection has spread, it becomes much more difficult to effectively treat. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease for women (causing infertility) and prostate inflammation for men (causing erectile and urination problems). Hepatitis C Transmitted through unprotected sex or any other contact with blood or bodily fluids, Hepatitis C is a serious illness that can cause permanent damage to your liver and other organs. However, more than 80 percent of those recently infected with Hep C don’t have any symptoms of the disease. If you suffer fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or other flu-like symptoms after engaging in unprotected sex, you should visit your nearest clinic for an STD screen. Although Hep C is incurable, by diagnosing this illness early, you’ll be able to successfully manage it for the rest of your life and avoid any permanent organ damage. Syphilis The telltale sign of of syphilis (a small sore or chancre that may last up to 6 weeks) is painless and often located in an area that can’t easily be accessed, so it may be overlooked. Other symptoms, like rashes and muscle aches, occur so long after exposure it’s unlikely you’ll associate them with a potential STD. Syphilis can lie dormant for decades before re-emerging and causing major damage, including dementia and other brain issues. The ease with which this disease can be treated, along with the potential physical and mental consequences of untreated syphilis, make being tested...

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Finding Time To Exercise With A New Baby

Moms and dads alike find that it is difficult to find time to exercise, let alone shower, after the birth of a new baby. If you have recently had a new bundle of joy added to your family, you may be finding time very sparse between diaper changes and feedings. Since many new parents wish to rid themselves of the baby weight and sympathy weight added after the baby arrives, you may need to get creative in how you incorporate exercise into your routine. Here are a few tips that can help you shed a few pounds while spending much of your time with an infant. Purchase Exercise Equipment The easiest way to start exercising with a baby in the house is to stay in your house to do it. Going to a gym is difficult and with the costs involved of taking care of a new baby, for many parents it just isn’t in the cards. Purchasing used exercise equipment will give you the advantage of saving much-needed money for caring for your family, while allowing you to have the equipment in your home to use when you see a few free minutes to take advantage of exercise.  Place a treadmill or elliptical machine in the corner of your bedroom, living room, or another high-frequency area in your house. When the baby naps, take a few minutes to get in some exercise. Even ten minutes here and there can make a difference. Having the equipment readily available will remind you to use it.  Include The Baby If the weather is agreeable, put your baby into a stroller or jogger and take a walk or jog with them. While this isn’t as intense of a workout as using weights or exercise equipment, you will still be able to get some cardiovascular activity, helping you to shed weight as a result. Make it a priority to take your baby for a walk a few times a week. If outdoor conditions do not look favorable, head to a store or a mall and do some fast walking up and down hallways and aisles. Take Turns Make a schedule with your partner to help with the baby so that you can exercise. If you have set days and times where you know the baby is being cared for, you can plan accordingly to take a trip to a gym or get on exercise equipment you may have at home. Cheering each other on as a couple will help you both stay fit and lose weight. Look For Child Care Some gyms offer child care for those using their facilities. Call around and find out the policy for bringing your baby into an establishment to be cared for while you work out. Parents who are intent on getting their weight training and exercising done no matter what will find that the services are well-worth any cost associated with child care. Usually for a small fee you will be able...

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