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Infertility and STDs?

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Published on 24 May 2019

Infertility and STDs

Infertility and STDs

When it comes to infertility we look for various causes that might be causing trouble in conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. We look for general causes of infertility such as obesity, poor quality of egg or sperm and so on. What we ignore is the presence of STDs. Now you must be thinking that how can you have STD? You might have been having sex with the same partner for years and are now trying for baby but you need to know that despite of this situation you can have STDs and the symptoms might be so mild that they can remain unnoticed for years. If you are having problem conceiving and are facing the problem of infertility for a long time now, it’s high time you should think about checking for any STDs present in your system and acquire proper treatment. Two of the most STDs reported are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Chlamydia:

Chlamydia is the most reported bacterial infection transmitted sexually. Most times this disease remains unnoticed and hence untreated as there are little or almost no signs of illness. Rare women can see the symptoms of Chlamydia, which can include pain in the pelvic area, spotting and unusual discharge.

Gonorrhea:

Very much similar to Chlamydia the symptoms of Gonorrhea are also very mild and might remain unnoticed. If not treated in time Gonorrhea can lead to PID. There is a possibility of treating Gonorrhea by antibiotics. Some very common symptoms may involve unusual discharge, pain during urination and so on.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease(PID):

Pelvic inflammatory disease can cause pain in the pelvic area. It can leave behind inflammation or scar tissue that can block the fallopian tube and create problems in conceiving. This can be a big cause of infertility and even if pregnancy occurs there are very less chances of a successful pregnancy. PID can be treated with antibiotics but surgery might be needed to remove a scared tissue.

What should be done?

Testing for STDs is very important. If one is sexually active, a yearly test is recommended. If you are tested positive then your partner must be tested and treated to avoid any future possibility of STDs again. If you are having unprotected sex with someone new then also you must get tested. The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated to avoid infertility.