Female STD Testing in Englewood & Hackensack, NJ
All sexually active women in New Jersey should have routine STD testing. Most STD tests take just a few minutes as part of a regular checkup for women. Yitzhack Asulin, MD and his highly skilled in Englewood and Hackensack, New Jersey is fully dedicated to all aspects of your female health and wellness. From the first exam as early as 16, all the way through menopause, Dr. Asulin customizes your STD tests based on your exposure, your sexual activity, your age, and other factors unique to you. Request your STD testing appointment online or by phone now by calling (201) 308-5591.
Receiving a screening for a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is an important step for sexually active women to take in order to protect themselves and their partner. In many cases, those infected with a sexually transmitted disease may not even know because they aren’t showing symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can be spread to others and may even lead to infertility.
Dr. Yitzhack Asulin is an expertly trained gynecologist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating women throughout the Englewood area for STIs. Call (201) 308-5591 to request an appointment at our gynecology office in Englewood.
When Should Women Get Tested for an STD?
Getting tested for each type of STD during your annual visit is expensive and not necessary in most cases. Patients should speak with Dr. Asulin at his Englewood or Hackensack office about their specific risk factors and lifestyle so that they can determine which tests are right for them.
It is recommended that you undergo an STD screening if:
You have a new sexual partner. Everyone who is sexually active should receive an STD screening at some point, and this is especially true if you are engaged in sexual relations with a new person.
You are having unprotected sex. Not wearing protection increases your risk. Because of this, it is recommended that you receive a screening If you’re having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
You are engaging in high-risk behavior. If you or your partner have multiple partners, are an IV drug user or have had contact with a sex worker, it is strongly advised that you receive more frequent STD screenings.
You are exhibiting symptoms. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have it examined by your physician to determine the cause.
How Often do Women Need to Get Tested for an STD?
If you’re sexually active, you need routine STD testing. The exact schedule for your STD testing can vary based on several factors including overall health, age, and your risk factors for STDs.
For example, if you’re over 25, you may not need annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings anymore unless you have a new partner, more than one sex partner, or you have a partner who already has an STD. Gynecologist Yitzhack Asulin can help discuss testing frequency with you based on your specific situation.
What are STD Symptoms to Watch Out For?
It isn’t always obvious when you have an STD. Symptoms can be minor or even nonexistent in some cases. Visit the doctor if you are experiencing:
- Painful urination
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Blisters or sores on genitals and/or anus
- Itchy or irritated genital area
- Unusual discharge
- Fever / flu-like symptoms
How Does Our Office in Englewood Test for an STD?
There are different tests for each STD, and some procedures can test for more than one. The most common kinds of STD testing include:
- Blood sample (from either a blood draw or a finger prick)
- Urine sample
- Swab of the inside of the mouth
- Swab from the genitals, such as the urethra in men or the cervix in women
- Swab of any discharge or sores
- Anal swab
Dr. Asulin lets you know which type of test you’ll need.
Female STD Treatment
If results determine that you have an STD, the type of issue it is will determine how it is treated. STDs are broken down into three categories:
Bacterial STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are good examples of STDs caused by bacteria. These issues can be treated with antibiotics and should go away after the antibiotic treatment is completed.
Parasitic STDs. STDs that are caused by parasites like Trichomonas Vaginalis can be cured using antibiotics, antiparasitic drugs or prescription shampoos.
Viral STDs. STDs caused by a virus cannot be cured completely, but they can be managed. The most common types are HPV, genital herpes, hepatitis B and HIV.
To schedule your STD screening today, contact one of our office locations in Hackensack or Englewood, or schedule your appointment online!