STDs & infertility

What’s the first step in preserving fertility for many young women? STD testing. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are important preventable causes of infertility.

Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Chlamydia can also cause fallopian tube infection without any symptoms. PID and “silent” infection in the upper genital tract may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus and surrounding tissues, which can lead to infertility.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC):

• An estimated 2.8 million cases of chlamydia and 718,000 cases of gonorrhea occur annually in the United States.

• Most women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms.

The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active females 25 and under and for women older than 25 with risk factors such as a new sex partner or multiple partners.

Have you been screened? If not, call your doctor.

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