HEY darling, I am happy to write to you today… I have been quiet occupied for a while now but I will still make time out to do this as frequent as I can.
I am a nurse and I work in a clinic, I have been privileged to give listening ear to couple of people who have been married for years but have no child/ren.
Some are just waiting on God(miracles) while others are going about seeking medical attention.
One lady told me its been 3 years now they are still waiting on God, I advised her to visit a gynecologist while we continue to wait on God.
She came back after a lot of consultations and laboratory investigations and she told me, the consultant told her that her infertility was as a result of a long-standing infection!
Can you imagine that? NO… a lot of us pay little or no attention to our reproductive system/organs while single which is not supposed to be.
I probed further by asking her about past infections she noticed, she said it was when she was in school… she had a sexual partner who she believed was faithful until she noticed she was having serious itching and burning sensation on her private part, she spoke about it to her friends, they gave her some tablets and cream , the signs/symptoms stopped and she moved on with her life even though she had some discharges but she felt it was normal and she ignored, not knowing she was in some troubles!
Allow me to tell you something about infertility and some silent STDs that can cause it in this post and the next.
WHAT IS INFERTILITY?
In my own word: it is the state of inability to bring forth an offspring or a lack of productivity after one full year of unprotected sex…
It might be from the man/woman… both genders can be infertile! Permit me to talk about female infertility because the society we are in attacks the woman first when it comes to infertility.
Infertility in women can be as a result of either of the below listed causes:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease.
- A previous infection.
- hormonal imbalances
- Polyps in the uterus.
- alcohol/drug abuse
- Endometriosis or fibroid.
- obesity (being over weight)
- Scar tissue or adhesion.
- Chronic medical illness.
- A previous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
- Thyroid gland prob
- A birth defect.
- excess/intense exercise
- irregular/short menstrual cycle
- aging(as we age, our fertility decreases).
These and many more can cause infertility, until you visit the Physician, you might not be able to figure it out…
I will like to dwell on INFECTIONS/PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID).
Common infections that causes PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE and INFERTILITY if left untreated are CHLAMYDIA and GONORRHEA. Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop 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. Most women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.
Lets talk about GONORRHEA: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years, but anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.
MODE OF TRANSMISSION
You can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea. A pregnant mother with gonorrhea can give the infection to her baby during childbirth.
SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA
Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, men who do have symptoms, may have:
- burning sensation when passing urine
- A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis;
- Painful or swollen testicles (this doesn’t happen in all cases)
Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms in women can include:
- Painful or burning sensation when urinating;
- Increased vaginal discharge (this is why women should know the normal amount and color of the usual vagina discharge)
- Vaginal bleeding between periods.
Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women that may include:
- Anal itching;
- Painful bowel movements.
You should be examined by your health care provider if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD, such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods.
I will like to continue in my next post, please watch out for the conclusion.
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