Infertility can be caused by many factors, such as endometriosis, PCOS, and autoimmune diseases. But one cause of infertility that is often overlooked is STDs.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another, most often through unprotected intercourse. Many of these infections have no symptoms, or symptoms that are easily attributed to other causes. As a result, STDs and STIs can go untreated and cause damage to reproductive systems and cause infertility.
“Untreated STDs can spread up the reproductive system, causing damage, scarring, and inflammation in the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, leading to infertility. The two most prevalent causes of STD-related infertility are damage to the fallopian tubes and Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID),” explains Dr. Kshitiz Murdia, CEO and Co-founder of Indira IVF.
STD Infertility in Women
STDs and STIs can damage a women’s fertility in two main ways: Damage to fallopian tubes and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Damage to Fallopian Tubes
In order to create an embryo, the egg must travel down the fallopian tube and merge with sperm. This is not possible when the fallopian tube is damaged. Sexually transmitted diseases and infections can damage the fallopian tubes, stopping this process from happening.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
PID occurs when bacteria from a sexually transmitted disease travel up the vagina and cause inflammation in the other reproductive organs. The uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries can all be affected. Without treatment, PID can result in infertility, serious illness, and even death.
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