Sitting down with your parents for the ‘sex talk’ can be awkward and uncomfortable, but what may be even more uncomfortable is talking to your parents about a possible problem you may be having ‘down there.’ This is why it may be important for your parents to leave the room when talking about sexual activity.
Sexually Transmitted Infections in Acute Care
Almost every other day patients walk into urgent care with complaints of vaginal or penile discharge along with pelvic pain. It’s no secret that teens are engaging in sexual relationships, but it is important to know some of the problems they may face.
Usually, urgent care isn’t the first place you’d go when dealing with reproductive issues, but it is a place you visit when you are experiencing pelvic pain or vaginal/penile discharge.
What you don’t Know
Teens have a right of confidentiality when it comes to reproductive health. This means they can receive care without the consent of a parent. It is typical of teens to visit clinics alone when experiencing issues with their reproductive health.
It also may be beneficial for the teen to visit a clinic without a parent because they may make it awkward for the teen to tell the truth. In most cases, if you are accompanied by a parent they should leave the room in order for their teen to feel more comfortable with disclosing the truth. This will also help them get the care they need.
If a teen comes in with the complaint of pelvic pain, they typically receive a full physical exam. Also, everyone of reproductive age will be given a pregnancy test as a precaution. The physical exam includes STD testing.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another during oral sex or vaginal/anal sex. They are common and at times may have no symptoms. STDs can have long term effects if not treated properly, but the good news, most are easy to treat.
Here is a list of some common STDs to watch out for.
- Chlamydia: this STD is common and caused by a bacterial infection. It usually has no symptoms, but once it is diagnosed it is easy to treat.
- Gonorrhea: this too is caused by a bacterial infection and often has no symptoms. It is easy to treat once diagnosed.
- Herpes: this STD infects your mouth or genitals. The infection stays in your body for life but the symptoms are easily treatable.
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus): HPV is a common STD that usually goes away on its own. Unfortunately, some types may lead to cancer.
- Syphilis: this is common but also serious. Syphilis can easily be cured with medical treatment if caught early. Without treatment, it can lead to serious health issues.
STD tests are super important – the sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can get rid of the infection.
Getting ‘The Talk’
Some parents skip over this major milestone in their teens’ lives because it often leads to an awkward conversation or a teen not listening. Learning about sex education is important for teens because there may be a lot of information they do not know.
Talking to your teen about sex doesn’t have to come from a parent, a physician or trusted doctor can also give ‘the talk.’ It is crucial to talk to teens about sex education before they enter high school. It is important your teen understands the possible consequences of unprotected sex and peer pressure.
If you think your teen may feel uncomfortable getting ‘the talk’ from you, it is okay to take them to a clinic to learn how to practice safe sex. It is never too late to talk to your teen about their sexual health.
You can enforce abstinence but preparing your teens and talking about safe sex may be the better option. Teaching them about condom use can prevent unplanned pregnancies and also prevent STDs.
The Trip to the Clinic
When visiting a clinic for reproductive health issues it is crucial you are honest about all of your symptoms and sexual partners. If you’re not honest with the physician they are unable to properly treat you and may misdiagnose you. Also, it may lead to your issue getting worse or left untreated.
Patients are often diagnosed before test results come in for immediate treatment. This is because many times when a patient visits a clinic for a reproductive health issue they are already uncomfortable and may not come back.
If your teen is diagnosed with a reproductive health condition it is best if you support them through treatment. Getting angry with your teen can often lead to them making the same decisions and not listen to your opinion.
Treatment at Las Vegas Urgent Care
As uncomfortable as it may be, we want our teens to make the right choices and also be aware of the possible consequences. If you believe you are experiencing pelvic pain or discharge, no matter your age, Make an appointment at Las Vegas Urgent Care today. Our knowledgeable and caring physicians will get you the care you need.