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What Causes Pain During Sex?

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior reports that approximately 30 percent of women have experienced painful sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia, as it’s called, is quite common for women of all ages. However, many women are unsure whether the pain during sex they are experiencing is abnormal or not.

There is no singular answer as to what causes pain during sex or whether it is normal or abnormal. The severity and types of pain can range from fleeting to chronic, and is not necessarily caused by one singular thing. If you are experiencing pain during or after sex, contact a medical professional at the UrgentMED immediately as there could be an underlying health issue.

Vaginismus

Vaginismus is a disorder of vaginal muscle spasms that can make sex very painful, if not impossible. It is an apareunia in that it completely prevents any type of sexual intercourse. Involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles cause the vagina to squeeze very tightly. This makes it difficult to insert a penis or tampon and to conduct medical examinations. There are three types of vaginismus, and each categorizes how prevalent this disorder is in an individual and how often it occurs. While the cause of vaginismus is unknown, doctors have often linked it to anxiety or a specific fear of sex.

Secondary Vaginismus

This is a form of vaginismus that a woman develops at some point in her life due to a specific event. It is specific in its definition that the woman was able to have normal intercourse at some previous point and time. Some causes of secondary vaginismus could be infection, menopause, childbirth, or surgery. In the instance that the cause has been healed but the muscle spasms persist, it may be that the body has become conditioned to react this way.

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Situational Vaginismus

Certain situations or people may trigger this type of vaginismus. For example, sexual encounters with certain people may trigger it, but others may not. A gynecological exam might cause the muscles to spasm, but inserting a tampon isn’t a problem. As the name implies, it’s very situational and varies greatly from person to person.

Global Vaginismus

This is the most extreme form of global vaginismus. It is always present and any object can trigger it.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is another common disease that can cause pain during sex. This chronic disease is when the tissue that lines the uterus has abnormal growth on the outside of the uterus. The misplaced tissue can become inflamed, causing painful cramping and eventually developing into scar tissue. As the tissue builds up over an adult woman’s life, the growth becomes larger and more painful. This continues until menopause occurs when the body stops producing the tissue.  

Approximately 10 to 20 percent of women in the U.S. are afflicted with endometriosis. The primary symptom is pain in the form of menstrual cramps. The growths can also cause intestinal pressure or be painful to the touch.

Cervicitis

Cervicitis is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the cervix. It is a very common source of sexual discomfort and affects more than 50% of all adult women. Causes of cervicitis can be STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HPV), allergies to a form of birth control (spermicides or latex condoms), exposure to certain chemicals (douches, etc.) or inserted objects. Besides the immediate pain caused by an inflamed cervix, other symptoms may include bleeding after intercourse, unusual discharge, or pain during urination.

pain during sexPelvic Inflammatory Disease

Bacterial infections that spread to the reproductive organs cause most cases of PID. Women under the age of 25 are more likely to develop PID but women of any age that are currently sexually active can experience it. PID can cause intense pain in the pelvic region during sex and can even lead to infertility if left untreated. 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

It is common knowledge that STDs can cause pain both during and after sex. Many of the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, cause inflammation and itching of one’s genitals. You can visit any one of our Southern California walk-in clinics to receive testing for STDS.

UrgentMED Can Help With Your Cervix Pain

If you are a woman experiencing cervix pain during intercourse or a man experiencing a burning sensation during sex, contact a medical professional near you. Sex shouldn’t cause pain. Take charge of your sexual health and don’t let a lack of insurance stop you from being informed. All of our Southern California clinics that are part of the UrgentMED offer affordable rates whether you have insurance or not. Avoid the hassle of hospitals and long waits of doctor offices at 19 of our convenient walk-in locations, no appointment necessary and visit today.

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The Importance of Routine STD Testing

Did you know that humans can transmit over 25 different diseases through sex? With that many diseases, it’s crucial to ensure that you are routinely testing for STDs. After all, approximately 50% of sexually active people will contract an STD by the age of 25, and STDs among older adults are on the rise as well. If you are nervous or unsure of how to start, here’s an overview of what you need to know about routine STD testing.

What Types of STD Tests Are There?

Some STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, don’t have symptoms, but they can still impact health and fertility. Luckily, there are tests available for some of the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, herpes, HIV, and syphilis. STDs often have symptoms that mirror other diseases, which makes it difficult to diagnose if you’re not looking for it specifically. 

The best way to find out which types of STD tests you might need is to discuss your symptoms and sexual history with your health care practitioner. Based on this information, they’ll be able to recommend the STD tests that make the most sense for you. Don’t worry, because it’s a judgment-free zone!

routine STD testingHow Does STD Testing Work?

The type of diagnostic testing depends on the STD in question. For some STDs, such as gonorrhea, a urine sample is all that specialists need. Meanwhile, for other STDs, such as HIV and syphilis, they might require a blood sample. Certain STDs require a physical exam or a swabbing of your genitals for identification. A reputable healthcare facility or urgent care center will help you feel safe and comfortable during any testing. 

STD Tests Can Prevent Long-Term Health Issues

While STD testing will not prevent you from getting a disease, it will help you avoid complications associated with STDs. It will also keep you from spreading it to future sexual partners. Untreated STDs can have serious health consequences, and sometimes waiting too long to get tested means that the damage from the untreated infection may already be irreversible. Some health issues that could be faced by untreated STDs include infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, liver disease or liver failure, and heart and blood vessel damage. For women who are pregnant, an untreated STD causes a higher risk for ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, and premature delivery, along with the possibility of passing the STD to their baby. 

routine STD testingDoes Urgent Care Give STD Tests?

Fortunately, with consistent STD testing, doctors can identify the STD and often treat it with minimal side effects. Keep in mind that STD testing is not a routine part of wellness checkups, so you must request it specifically. Also, most doctors recommend that you establish a routine with a yearly STD test for the most common diseases. For the most convenient way to get tested for an STD, visit an urgent care center. Urgent care STD testing is fast and convenient, and it preserves your privacy and anonymity throughout the entire process.

Get Your STD Test at UrgentMED

UrgentMED features numerous locations throughout Los Angeles, and we can test you for most common STDs in less than an hour. STD testing is the best way to safeguard your health and protect your sexual partners. If you need safe, fast, anonymous STD testing, visit your closest UrgentMED facility in Southern California today. Come visit one of our 18 convenient locations throughout Southern California to ensure you are free of STDs.

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How to Tell If Your UTI is Minor or Severe

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a relatively common ailment, with almost half of women worldwide saying they’ve had a UTI at some point. There are several signs that are easy to recognize. UTI symptoms include feeling a burning sensation every time you urinate, or when you go to the bathroom frequently, passing little urine. Feeling pressure or even pain in your lower abdomen or your back may also be a sign. Other symptoms include foul-smelling urine, or if it is cloudy or even bloody. While having a UTI you might feel tired and experience fever or chills.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of your urinary system – kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Women are at a greater risk of developing a UTI than men. So what are the causes of UTIs? In women, it may be caused by wiping from back to front after using the bathroom as this can introduce bacteria in the urethra. Sexual intercourse may also be responsible for getting a UTI, and often, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and UTIs share common symptoms. UTI’s can be transmitted from one person to another. Other causes of UTI can include:

  • Lack of proper hygiene 
  • Some birth control methods 
  • Having kidney stones 
  • Not drinking enough water 

Being a diabetic or being pregnant will make you more prone to these infections also.

urinary tract infectionWhen Should I Worry?

An unchecked UTI can turn into a very serious kidney infection. In can also become a blood infection if you do not treat it right away, or turn into a life-threatening problem. A UTI may happen anywhere along the urinary tract, though some parts are more problematic than others. For example, the urethra is easier to deal with than the opposite end – your kidneys.

The best time to worry and do something about it? The second you realize you have a UTI. If treated properly and early on, a UTI is barely a problem and is more of an annoyance, as it may itch or burn. Unchecked, however, it can lead to serious consequences.

What Should I Do?

The first thing you should do upon realizing you have a UTI is seeking out medical attention. Have your doctor test your urine for UTI and listen to the doctor’s recommendations and advice. The typical course of action will be to take antibiotics in order to fight the infection. Cranberry is often recommended as it seems to fight the bacteria that tends to cause UTIs but do not expect cranberry juice to be a cure. 

urinary tract infectionIf you think you might be suffering from a UTI, contact UrgentMED to get evaluated. We pride ourselves on our convenience, efficiency, and cost. Our 18 walk-in urgent clinics are conveniently located throughout Southern California, providing fast, professional service without a long wait. Visit us at the location closest to you today.

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Urinary Tract Infection: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, especially in women. For some people, it is a recurrent issue. While UTIs are painful, they are typically not life-threatening, especially when diagnosed and treated early. Here is some important information about UTI symptoms so you know what to do when you have one.

What is a UTI?

For starters, what is a UTI? A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary tract including the kidney, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A physician can determine if you or your child has a UTI and what treatment is needed.

Causes of UTIs

UTIs are caused by bacteria that enter the body via the urethra and then proceed to multiply in the bladder. When too many of these bacteria begin to thrive, an infection is born. Due to a much shorter distance between the urethra and the bladder, women suffer from UTIs much more frequently than men. If you fear that you may be suffering from a urinary tract infection, getting your urine tested is as easy as a visit to the nearest UrgentMED walk-in clinic.

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UTI Symptoms

Now that we have reviewed the causes of UTIs, let’s look at what symptoms you can expect when an infection strikes. The most common symptom usually experienced is that of pain, especially burning, when urinating. Other UTI symptoms include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Feeling pain even when not urinating
  • Fever
  • Dark or cloudy urine
  • Urine that appears red or bright pink
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pain in the back or side
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pelvic pain
  • Strong sense of urgency to urinate

Each type of infection may result in specific signs and symptoms, depending on which part of the urinary tract is infected. In fact, UTIs may be mistaken for other conditions in older adults.

Diagnosing UTIs

See a doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of a UTI. Your healthcare provider will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. You may also be asked to provide a urine sample.

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Treating a Urinary Tract Infection

If you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection, don’t delay an evaluation. At UrgentMED, we pride ourselves on our convenience, efficiency, and cost. We offer a plethora of other diagnostic services, including lab work, and if your urinalysis tests positive for a UTI, we can provide quick treatment to resolve the infection before it worsens. The common treatment for a UTI is an antibiotic.

For your convenience, many of the medications commonly-prescribed by our medical team (including antibiotics) are available on-site. Your physician will also discuss preventative measures to help reduce the chances of getting UTIs.

With 17 walk-in clinics throughout southern California, we offer fast, professional service without a long wait. In fact, our clinics have extended weekday, weeknight and weekend hours. Let us assist you with all your diagnostic testing and other clinical needs. Visit us at the location nearest to you today.

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Five Things to Know About Cervical Cancer

This is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to discuss cervical cancer. All women are at risk. It used to be one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in American women, but thankfully, more women are being screened for the disease, which has helped drive the numbers lower. But it still exists, and early diagnosis is key. Here now, are five things to know about it, courtesy of the affordable clinics that make up UrgentMED network.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. That’s also the part of a woman’s body in which a baby grows during pregnancy.

According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, each year, nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed.  Research also shows that most women get a diagnosis between the ages of 35 and 44, while about 15% of cervical cancers hit women over age 55. Few women under the age of 20 get a diagnosis.  

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What You Need to Know

Cervical Cancer Has a Connection With a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Cervical cancer is mostly caused by a virus called human papillomavirus or HPV, which is most commonly spread through vaginal or anal sex. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). In most cases (about 9 out of 10), HPV goes away on its own within 2-years and doesn’t cause any health issues, but sometimes it lingers, leading to cancers and other diseases.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms Are Not Present Right Away

You may have early cervical cancer and may not even know it. That’s because it’s a slow-growing cancer and its signs and symptoms don’t show up right away. But as the cancer spreads and becomes more advanced, the signs and symptoms become more evident. They include:

  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods, following a pelvic examination
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • Increased vaginal discharge that may have a foul order
  • Unexplained, persistent pelvic pain or pain during sexual intercourse

Early Detection is Key

It can be detected with regular Pap tests or Pap smear which we offer here at UrgentMED.  Detecting cancer earlier increases the patient’s chance for proper treatment. If you have symptoms, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor, or stop by an UrgentMED center for testing.

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Cervical Cancer Can Be Treated

Treatments for cervical cancer include surgery (which is the main treatment), targeted therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination. You and your doctor will discuss the best approach for you, depending on the size of the cancer and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. Your doctor will also take into consideration your age, along with other factors.

Cervical Cancer Is Almost Totally Preventable

This all points to the need for even more preventative measures. You can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer by having screening tests and receiving a vaccine that protects against HPV infection: the HPC vaccine, which is safe and effective. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all children 11 or 12 years old, should get two shots, six to twelve months apart. The CDC also makes recommendations for all age ranges.

Visit Us to Get on a Healthy Track

Hopefully, this cleared up any misconceptions you may have had. Be sure and visit an UrgentMED to get an HPC vaccine and other vaccinations, where you can also pick up prescribed and non-prescribed medications and medical supplies.The affordable clinics that make up UrgentMED network provide fast and affordable emergency care, and with 15 locations, we’re conveniently located near you. UrgentMED is the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California. We look forward to helping you stay on a healthy track.