If left untreated, infections in your urinary and reproductive systems can turn into serious problems, like a kidney infection. Highly experienced OB/GYN Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, offers testing and treatment for infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs) at his private practice locations in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn and Harrison, New York. For accurate and professional testing and treatment for STDs and UTIs, call or book an appointment online today.
The urinary tract includes your bladder, kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) and the tube that carries urine out of your body (urethra). A urinary tract infection (UTI) can occur in any of these organs, but they’re most common in the bladder and urethra.
Symptoms of a UTI include:
Men and women can get UTIs, but they’re more common in women. This may be due to differences in the female anatomy. Additionally, hormonal changes after menopause may increase your risk of developing a UTI.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common infections that spread through sexual activity. Many people who are infected with STDs don’t have any symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to be sure you don’t have one.
Dr. Niznikiewicz tests for and treats many STDs, including:
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STD. There are more than 200 strains of HPV, some of which cause genital warts and cervical cancer. If you’re over age 30, Dr. Niznikiewicz may include an HPV test with your Pap test. Because this virus is so common among younger women, it’s not recommended before age 30.
The best way to prevent STDs is to use a latex condom every time you have sex. Other types of contraception prevent pregnancy, but they don’t protect you from STDs. If you and your partner want to stop using condoms, you should both get tested for STDs first.
If you suspect you have a UTI or STD, Dr. Niznikiewicz accurately diagnoses your condition with a simple test. The type of test he uses varies depending on the type of infection he suspects you have.
First, Dr. Niznikiewicz carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, he takes one or more tests, which may include a blood, urine, or Pap test. He may also take a swab or small scraping of any growths or lesions on your vagina or vulva.
Then, he recommends the best treatment for your specific condition. Many infections, like UTIs, are easy to treat with oral medications. Others, like herpes, have no cure, but Dr. Niznikiewicz helps you manage your symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
If you think you may have an infection, call the office of Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.