Could your infertility be a result of an STD?

stds-can-cause-infertility-in-men-and-womenNot only does April bring rain showers … but it also brings an awareness of STDs.

We’re going to be covering a few topics related to sexual health during “STD Awareness Month” and uncovering a few misnomers of STDS.

First up – fertility.

STDs can make you infertile.

Did you know that STDs don’t just cause uncomfortable itching and burning… they can create long-lasting implications for your future family, too?

No? Well – you’re not alone.

Many people don’t know the statistics about STDs nor the dangers they carry if not treated. Especially in terms of fertility.

Statistics about Infertility and STDs

If untreated, STDs can make you infertile. This complication is often known among women, but it applies to men, too.

Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). source: CDC – STDs & Infertility

Scarring from tuberculosis or some STDs may block the epididymis or tubes. (causing damaged sperm ducts in men.) source:  Standford – What Causes Male Infertility?

Chlamydia trachomatis is an infectious organism that causes 75% of infertility in the fallopian tubes. Gonorrhea is responsible for most of the remaining cases. source: New York Times – Infertility in Women

Although STDs are common (1 in 4 teens has an STD), that doesn’t make them a minor issue. If left untreated, STDs can prevent men and women from having children down the line.

What should I do to protect my fertility?

Whether you’re 14-years-old or 30-years-old, you need to consider everything that can result from sexual activity. Pregnancy is often the most common concern – but STDs need to be atop the list, too.

If you have an STD, it does not guarantee infertility. In fact, if you know you have an STD, you can receive treatment and prevent infertility.

The first step is getting tested though – then you’ll know if you need treatment.

Go ahead – schedule the STD test

We know it’s not fun to even think about STDs. Getting tested is borderline embarrassing.

But it could save your life – and your hopes of parenthood. If you’ve been sexually active with multiple partners (or with anyone you aren’t certain was STD-free), please get an STD test this month.

Test Smartly Labs offers an easy, affordable STD test. No insurance needed. Confidential results. Contact any of our three Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City locations to get your STD test.

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