The Link Between STDs and Infertility
Two types of STDs are linked to infertility; gonorrhea, and chlamydia, both of which cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is known to be a "silent infection," and symptoms may not be prevalent. Many women may not realize they have it. However, the good news is that these common STDs are curable, and women can prevent infertility with regular screening. Here's what you need to know.
Gonorrhea typically affects the urethra, rectum, or throat, affecting women's cervix. Some of the most common symptoms of gonorrhea in women are:
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Painful urination
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
Gonorrhea can also affect the eyes, causing sensitivity to light and a pus-like discharge from one or both eyes. Joints may also be affected and be warm to the touch and painful. Gonnorhea can be passed through sexual contact, including oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse.
Typically in its early stages, chlamydia does not have any signs or symptoms and can easily go undetected. However, in more advanced stages, women may experience the following symptoms:
- Painful urination
- Vaginal discharge
- Painful intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sex
Chlamydia can also cause rectal pain, discharge, and bleeding.
When to See a Doctor
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. The CDC recommends that sexually active women younger than 25 years and older women with risk factors should be screened yearly for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Early detection can help prevent further complications and reduce the risk of infertility.
Did Your Partner Infect You With an STD? We're Here to Help.
If you contracted an STD from a sexual partner who did not inform you of their status, you might be eligible to file an STD lawsuit. Filing an STD claim can help provide you with compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering. We know how taxing it can be to speak out against someone who gave you an STD. When it comes to personal matters, such as an STD diagnosis, our attorneys will protect your privacy and help you through this difficult time.
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