Getting Pregnant and Fertility Problems: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

If you are having problems getting pregnant and thinking about fertility treatment, you better set up an appointment with your doctor and check your sexual health first. Get yourself as well as your partner tested for STD's and make sure you are in good sexual health before you get treatment and have your baby.

It is very important today to monitor your sexual health and be aware of STD's and infections especially if you are trying to get pregnant. Getting tested regularly will prevent fertility problems that you are having and also stop the STD's and infections from spreading further. It is also a good way to prevent infections from passing on to your unborn baby. So, if you're trying to get pregnant, get yourself and your partner tested right away!

What are STD's?

STD's, also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases are infections passed from one person to another through sexual contact, for example thorough sexual, anal or oral intercourse, mutual masturbation, contact with infected bodily fluids, contact with infected sex toys and sharing needles.

STD's can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms from genital itching to painful intercourse to infertility. Some STD's such as HIV/AIDS are very serious and life threatening while some are very minor and can be treated easily. Today, thousands of people are infected with STD's mostly young men and women between ages 15 to 25. So, be aware and protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

Types of STD's

There are many types of STD's from Chlamydia to Pubic Lice, from serious life threatening ones to less serious ones. So, if you think you may have contracted an STD, seek treatment immediately. Do not leave it untreated as it may cause serious problems including infertility.

  • Chlamydia: affects millions of men and women every year making it one of most common STD's. It is caused by bacteria in a semen or vaginal fluid and is transmitted via intercourse. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause infertility as well as lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which scars the fallopian tubes and makes pregnancy impossible.
  • Gonorrhea: is also caused by bacteria that live in bodily fluids and is transmitted through intercourse. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause fertility problems as well as PID.
  • Syphilis: is caused through sexual contact with an infected person. Syphilis can also be treated if caught in the early stages. However, if left untreated, it could result in serious health problems such as blindness as well as psychological disorders.
  • HIV/AIDS: is known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus which causes AIDS. It is transmitted via sexual contact, blood transfusions, sharing needles as well as through breast milk.
  • Herpes: is also a common STD transmitted via skin to skin contact. The symptoms of Herpes include itching and burning of the genitals and anus as well as lesions on buttocks, thighs, vagina or the penis.
  • Hepatitis B: is transmitted through sexual contact, contact with infected blood and sharing needles. Hepatitis B symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. It is a very serious disease and can lead to liver damage.
  • Trichomoniasis: is a common STD passed through sexual intercourse. If it is not treated, it can cause inflammation of the fallopian tubes and lead to infertility.
  • Pubic Lice: are also known as crabs. They are small, parasitic insects that cling onto coarse hair over the body usually the pubic hair and feed on blood. Symptoms of pubic lice include itching and irritation.
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