Thursday, June 22, 2017
Certain Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia can make it harder to get pregnant naturally, because they can cause scarring to the fallopian tubes and more rarely, to the internal tubes of the penis.
The quicker STIs are treated the less damage they are likely to cause. The trouble is that often the infections are asymptomatic, which means they can come and go without the person ever knowing they were infected in the first place.
Regular screening will ensure that if you do contract an STI it can be dealt with immediately, clearing the infection before it can do any long lasting damage.
If you have a new partner and are having unprotected sex, ensuring you are in full sexual health will also give you both peace of mind.
You can get tested either in a sexual health clinic, at your surgery or even through your online pharmacy, which can be a great option if anonymity is a factor. If you do test positive, full STI screening is recommended, as often exposure to one STI increases your risk for exposure to others. Treatment should be sought in clinic and follow up testing is highly recommended to ensure the treatment has been effective.
If you are concerned that you may have had an STI in the past, talk to your GP who will advise you on the options available to improve your chances of conception.