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STDs & Infertility

So it’s pretty common knowledge that STDs are bad news. For one, they can be uncomfortable. Two, they’re a major turn-off. But did you know that a third reason they are bad news is because of how they impact your future family plans? And even if you’re not thinking of that now – it may come into play in the future. And if you have an STD that goes untreated, one of the first places it will hit is your fertility. (And guys – this goes for you, too.)

STDs & Fertility

According to the Center for Disease Control, two STDs cause the most cases of infertility:  chlamydia and gonorrhea. These are some of the most common STDs, and two that can impact the reproductive organs and either cause complications in pregnancy or total infertility down the line. Luckily, they’re also very treatable diseases that if caught early, can have the damaging effects reversed.

About Chlamydia & Fertility

The Wall Street Journal called chlamydia the “silent STD” that said that this tiny bacterium is resulting in a baby crisis later on. Their “Chlamydia, the Silent STD…” article states,

Left untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility or potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies. But many women aren’t even aware that they were exposed to it—possibly years ago—until they try to have a baby and can’t.

Chlamydia can be detected through a urine test and treated by a physician if caught early.

About Gonorrhea & Fertility

Gonorrhea is also a bacteria that can grow anywhere in the body, but it especially hangs out in areas of the reproductive tract in men and women. Gonorrhea also has symptoms that often go undetected. Women’s Health Resource says,

When Gonorrhea is untreated, one of the most serious repercussions for women is an infection in the upper reproductive tract known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can cause abdominal pain and fever, internal abscesses, and can spread to and damage the fallopian tubes, which then become blocked. Ultimately these problems can result in infertility or in an ectopic or tubal pregnancy.

While these are the most common STDs, Herpes and Trichomoniasis have also been known to cause fertility problems.

Treating STDs

Luckily, chlamydia and gonorrhea are easily treated. Antibiotics and even anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed. A health practitioner will probably recommend avoidance of sexual intercourse for 7 days. Also, anyone who may be effected needs to be tested and treated. It’s when these STDs go untreated that major reproductive issues can occur.

If think you might have an STD, get tested today. Find a walk-in lab to perform your simple STD test with accurate, confidential, speedy results.

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