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Are STDs Really that Serious?

Yes, STDs are really this serious. Your body is your temple, and it should be protected at all cost. Your body is where you live, and you want where you live to be clean and safe, just like your home. When your body is invaded with germs and diseases several changes take place in your body, and none of them are good.

If you are trying to have children, or plan to have children, you need to know the two deadly viruses or STD's that can ruin your chances of conceiving. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are both treatable and preventable diseases, when left untreated they can cause serious permanent damage to the female reproductive system.

How Can I Tell if I Have Chlamydia or Gonorrhea?
Most STD's are asymptomatic, which means they show no symptoms at all. For this reason, it is difficult for you to determine whether or not you have an STD, without visiting your doctor. You may unknowingly have Chlamydia, you can develop an infection in your fallopian tubes, which can ultimately lead to (PID) or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

Only a STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) test will determine whether or not you have an STD. If you do not have a regular OB/GYN, you can visit your local health department. It is a state operated health facility that provides many free screening and health services to the community. Depending on where you live, you might not need an appointment. Some clinics offer walk in services.

Symptoms for Chlamydia/Gonorrhea:
Although, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is difficult to detect, the good news is, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is easy to treat. Your doctor can give prescribe some antibiotics for you and your partner. Getting treatment for yourself and not your partner, results in the STD being transferred during sexual intercourse. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms you need to follow up with your doctor right away.
  • Pain during urination
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Excessive bleeding between periods
  • Abdominal pain
If the infection is present, you may experience pain during sex. You may also develop pain in your lower back, and abdominal and exhibit symptoms of fever and/nausea.

Note: Pelvic inflammatory disease can permanently damage the reproductive system such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, genitals and surrounding areas. This in fact can cause infertility.

Statistics show that over 750,000 women have PID, and up to 15% are (infertile) unable to bear children.

Am I at Risk For Developing PID?
  • If you are sexually active and have had more than one partner you are at risk for contracting an STD.
  • If you have had or have multiple sex partners, you are at risk.
  • Having sex with an infected person
You can prevent contracting Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and other STDs by visiting your doctor, and getting an annual pap smear. A pap smear will let the doctor know if you have any abnormalities in your cells.

Facts to Know:
1. STD infections in men are causes noticeable symptoms, which may prompt them to see a doctor, and get treatment sooner.

2. The early treatment of Sexually transmitted diseases can strengthen your chances of getting treatment, and preserving your chances of having children.

3. Immunodeficiency from the Aids or HIV virus can reduce the potency level of the male's sperm, and alter their ability to impregnate their mate.

4. Infertility issues due to STD are not common in men. In fact it is rare.

Now that you know how precious your body is, and how it can become damaged due to multiple sex partners, what are you going to do? If you are a woman, you need to visit your local community clinic, or visit your doctor, and get an annual pap smear. If you suspect you have an STD tell your partner, so you both can get treatment.

If you want to have children in the future, you need to start taking care of your body now. Start by using a condom, or refraining from having sex with someone you do not know. Be wise.
I have my period...can I still come in for my pap smear?

If you are bleeding heavily, we recommend that you reschedule. If your bleeding is light or just spotting, you should keep your scheduled appointment.

For more answers, click here to visit our frequently asked questions page.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.