70% of Female Infertility Due to Untreated STDs
Isn’t it funny how women spend our whole adult lives not wanting to get pregnant? The contraceptives, the pregnancy tests after a pregnancy scare, the waiting until the ‘time of the month’? Praying each time we look down that we see that crimson flow.
That is, until the moment we decide we actually do want to get pregnant. And then, pregnancy is all we can think about. We become obsessed with pregnancy tests, ovulation trackers, food and water intake, and reciting extra prayers to Parvati for that swell in our wombs.
What if you could never get pregnant? And what if you learned that you could have prevented infertility with a simple urine or blood test?
According to the National Institute of Health, 70% of female infertility is caused by an untreated sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can be traced back to a partner. STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can remain in the body for years without ever showing symptoms.
An easy lab test is all you need
If you’ve had unprotected sex, or sex with a new partner without discussing previous sexual encounters, schedule an appointment with a gynecologist today. If you are embarrassed to discuss this because it was caused while performing pre-marital sex, no fear. Schedule an appointment with a lab to perform a blood and urine test. To test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, all that is required is a urine sample. For other STDs (herpes, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis), a small blood sample is all that is required.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting tested at least once a year if you are sexually active, even if you aren’t showing symptoms. These lab tests only take a few minutes to perform. It could mean the difference in whether you ever experience motherhood.
When in doubt, check it out. When is the last time you got an STD screening?
Source: National Institute of Health