Can Certain Illnesses Affect my Fertility in the Future?

Can Certain Illnesses Affect my Fertility in the Future?

There are so many different reasons for infertility and fertility issues; it can be really hard for even a doctor to pinpoint the exact cause. However, we do have research that indicates that certain illnesses, diseases and health problems can affect your fertility in the future. Read on to find out more about what illnesses can affect fertility on down the road. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, sometimes also known as PID, can affect future fertility in some women. PID is an inflammation of a woman’s upper reproductive tract. The cause of PID is usually a result of damage done by long term exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, or problems that can be caused by pelvic surgeries.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine tissue has spread to areas outside of the uterus. Severe endometriosis can cause pelvic scarring and can even block the fallopian tubes. In addition, sometimes the eggs can be severely damaged, and this can also result in infertility on down the line.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases are one of the most common causes of future infertility. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are two of the STD’s that are most likely to cause infertility. If left untreated, STD’s are very likely to cause damage that can lead to infertility later in life.

Cancer

Cancer, as well as many of the drugs used to treat Cancer, can have a long term affect on fertility. Many chemotherapy drugs can damage a woman’s eggs and make it impossible for her to have children later in life. There really is no way to tell which women will be affected this way and which ones will be able to have children after chemo. Your doctor can let you know your options for preserving your fertility if you have been diagnosed with cancer.

Thyroid disease

A thyroid problem that is undiagnosed or untreated can cause fertility issues on down the line. If your doctor thinks that you might possibly have a thyroid condition, be sure to get it checked out right away.

As you can see, there are several conditions that can cause infertility later in life. Your doctor can help you to determine what you can do to help protect your fertility if you have any of these conditions.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.