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  1. Electrocautery for Genital Warts

    Electrocautery removes genital warts on the penis, vulva, or around the anus by burning them with a low - voltage electrified probe.

  2. IUD Removal - Topic Overview

    The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control that is placed in your uterus. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. You can depend on an IUD to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type. Your doctor will remove your IUD when it has reached its expiration date or if you have a medical problem. It's always your choice to have it removed sooner if you want to change birth control methods or plan to become pregnant. How is an IUD removed? An IUD removal normally takes just a few minutes. Most women find it is less painful or uncomfortable than having an IUD inserted. But ask your doctor if it's a good idea to take ibuprofen ahead of time in case of cramping. You will lie on the exam table on your back. Your feet will be in stirrups as they would be for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and look for the IUD strings. The strings usually come through the opening of your cervix. If they aren't

  3. Syphilis: Chancre - Topic Overview

    The first symptom of syphilis is a sore called a chancre (say shanker) that is usually painless. The sore begins at the site of infection as a small, solid, raised skin sore less than 1 cm (0.4 in.) across. It develops into a red, usually painless open sore with a scooped-out appearance. The sore usually does not bleed.Two or more chancres may develop at the same time, usually in the genital area, but sometimes on the hands, mouth, or other body surfaces.Chancres contain millions of syphilis bacteria and are highly contagious.

  4. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Symptoms in Women - Topic Overview

    If you develop symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI),it is important to be evaluated by a health professional soon after your symptoms start. Symptoms of an STI include: A change in vaginal discharge (thicker,discolored,or bad-smelling) over a period of several days to 2 weeks. Pain,burning,or itching while urinating that lasts more than 24 hours. Pain during sexual ...

  5. Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) for Genital Warts

    The loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to remove genital warts.

  6. Trichomoniasis - Treatment Overview

    Trichomoniasis (trich) is treated with an oral antiprotozoal medication, such as metronidazole or tinidazole.

  7. Herpes Tests

    Herpes testing is done to detect the presence of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). An HSV infection can cause small, painful blisterlike sores of the skin or the tissue lining (mucous membranes) of the throat, nose, mouth, urethra, rectum, and vagina.

  8. Trichomoniasis - Cause

    Learn what causes trichomoniasis.

  9. Genital Herpes - What Happens

    You can become infected with genital herpes when the herpes simplex virus (HSV) enters the body through sexual or other direct contact with herpes sores.

  10. Genital Herpes - What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase your risk of getting genital herpes include having multiple sex partners having high-risk partner(s), and having unprotected sexual contact (not using condoms).

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