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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can impact later fertility.

Sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia, when left untreated can impair fertility. Women can develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes and uterus, blocking eggs from moving into the uterus or preventing an embryo from attaching to the uterine wall. Men can develop epididymitis, which can cause scarring and blockage in the sperm duct. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is also commonly transmitted through sexual contact with HPV being the primary cause of most cases of cervical cancer.

Infertility as a result of STIs can be prevented if treated early. If a STI is detected and treated early, the risk of permanent damage is significantly reduced. Get yourself tested and seek treatment if you think there is any chance that you’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.

 

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One Response to “Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can impact later fertility.”

  1. Naomi says:

    Although I don’t like the experience of PAPs and pelvic exams, I’ve been forcing myself to get them done ever since I was 17. My sexual health has always been important to me (in part, because having kids has always been important to me). Protecting my fertility by getting these tests done has been the right choice for me…I’ve had an STI before and thankfully I got it treated early.

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