Will Having Had and STD Put My Future Fertility at Risk?
on Mar 10, 2013
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
If you have had any sexually transmitted disease, you should talk to your doctor about it and see what you can do to make sure it doesn’t affect your fertility in any way.
STDs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases are dangerous in more ways than one. They can cause not just one but a number of negative impacts on your body and your life as a whole. Their immediate effects can be seen and may be rectified but they also have long-term effects that can affect your future adversely. In fact, there are STDs that can affect your future fertility and put it at risk. Thus, if you have had an STD, it is important that you talk to your doctor about it before trying to conceive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The worst part about sexually transmitted diseases is that most of them don’t really have bold symptoms. These symptoms are seemingly minor and that is the reason why the entire problem goes untreated and neglected. By the time you actually realize that you are suffering with an STD, it is usually too late and the damage is done. More worse is the fact that some sexually transmitted diseases don’t have any visible symptoms at all and their only symptom is infertility, which the woman comes to find out many years later in her life.
A few sexually transmitted diseases have been explained as follows:
An example of a common sexually transmitted disease is Chlamydia. The reason why you should know about it is that it is known to affect fertility in the future. In women, the symptoms of this disease are transparent more often than not. They simply go unnoticed. Some others, however, experience a few symptoms such as pain during urination, vaginal discharge, and pain during intercourse. The reason why this disease is a threat to fertility is that it can go ahead and cause more problems such as epididymitis, and PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. These two diseases are known to cause infertility in many women.
The cause behind this sexually transmitted disease is a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrheae. This bacterium lives in the body fluids and is transmitted through sex. Gonorrhea is yet another disease that can cause a number of fertility issues later on in life. The symptoms of this STD include bleeding after intercourse, bloody vaginal discharge or yellow vaginal discharge, and severe nausea. This disease affects fertility just like Chlamydia does. It causes epididymitis, and PID or pelvic inflammatory disease that affect fertility adversely.
Trichomoniasis is also a common sexually transmitted disease. The symptoms of this STD include itching in the genital area, pain during intercourse, and yellowish green vaginal discharge. This sexually transmitted disease has to be treated immediately because if left untreated it can cause fallopian tube inflammation, which directly causes fertility issues.
Herpes affects the pregnancy of a lady. It may not cause a problem with conception but it can harm the fetus very severely. This sexually transmitted disease is, thus, very dangerous. It can infect the fetus during delivery. If a woman has suffered from Herpes or has genital herpes during the time of delivery, the doctor will usually go for C-section or cesarean section in order to protect the baby from the infection. The doctor will first check for lesions on the woman’s genitalia. If they are present, C-section is the only choice.
Thus, if you have had any sexually transmitted disease, you should talk to your doctor about it and see what you can do to make sure it doesn’t affect your fertility in any way.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.