Northwood Obstetrics & Gynecology

David D. Wright, MD
Peter T. Bump, MD
Stephanie M. Morreale, DO
Diana L. Novak, MD
Melissa E. Bibicoff, DO

 

STI Testing and Counseling

 Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can happen to anyone who is sexually active. While appropriate screenings can detect them, it is not uncommon for STIs to present few or mild symptoms. For this reason, young women who are sexually active are encouraged to see a gynecologist every year for routine screenings.  The immediate goal of screening for STIs is to identify and treat patients who have STIs before the infections are able to cause any additional complications. Secondary infections, such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), can develop if STIs are left untreated for an extended period of time. PID usually occurs when a bacteria from a sexually transmitted infection spreads from the vaginal area to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Untreated PID can cause complications, such as recurring pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancies, and even infertility. When diagnosed early on, however, many of these complications can be avoided.

Learn More

There are many resources available online that can provide detailed overviews on the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of STIs. Click here for an overview of commonly transmitted infections. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for STI testing or counseling, please call our office during regular business hours.


Northwood
Obstetrics & Gynecology

3960 West Royal Drive
Traverse City, MI   49684

Phone: 231.947.0404
Fax: 231.947.2190

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch