When I woke up one September morning with an uncomfortable itching and burning that I could only describe as a "dirty feeling," I immediately dreaded the trip to my OB for an early well-woman exam. I had an idea of what she would say and how I should respond to sound like I was somehow too good to have ended up with an STD. I resent that line of thinking, but I know I'm not the only one who armed themselves with it to make it through the constant stigmatization and ridicule from both society and the healthcare system. But fear of social backlash does not mean you should ignore suspicious symptoms—or treat Google like an urgent care provider. Debunking the misinformation behind STDs and encouraging women to advocate for our sexual health and development has never been more important.

How will I know if I have chlamydia?

Certain symptoms are fairly common in chlamydia, but not every woman is the same, so regular testing is the best way to determine if you've been infected.

  • Chlamydia is spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex and can