cool2223423123 Posted July 6 Report Share Posted July 6 I just wanted to call your attention to something you might not knowabout: PID and the need to be tested for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia even in the absence of symptoms.Gonorrhea & Chlamydia are both treatable... but if you don't treat themthey can lead to Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) in women and causeinfertility, see http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/8799/8799/29362/197425.html?d=dmtHealthAZ Many doctors recommend that all persons who have more than one sexpartner, especially women under 25 years of age, be tested for Gonnorrhea and Chlamydial infection regularly, even in the absence of symptoms, because ifleft untreated, they can lead to Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) in women and cause infertility.And read the following on Gonorrhea and Chlamydia:Complications - GonorrheaIf gonorrhea is not treated, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream andinfect the joints, heart valves, or the brain. The most common consequenceof gonorrhea, however, is PID, a serious infection of the femalereproductive organs, that occurs in an estimated 1 million American womeneach year. PID can scar or damage cells lining the fallopian tubes,resulting in infertility in as many as 10 percent of women affected. Inothers, the damage prevents the proper passage of the fertilized egg intothe uterus. If this happens, the egg may implant in the tube; this is calledan ectopic or tubal pregnancy and is life-threatening to the mother if notdetected early.An infected woman who is pregnant may give the infection to her infant asthe baby passes through the birth canal during delivery. Most states requirethat the eyes of newborns be treated with silver nitrate or other medicationimmediately after birth to prevent gonococcal infection of the eyes, whichcan lead to blindness. Because of the risk of gonococcal infection to bothmother and child, doctors recommend that a pregnant woman have at least onetest for gonorrhea during her pregnancy.PreventionBecause gonorrhea is highly contagious and yet may cause no symptoms, allmen and women who have sexual contact with more than one partner should betested regularly for the disease. Using condoms (rubbers) during sexualintercourse is very effective in preventing the spread of infection.Diaphragms may also reduce the risk of transmission. Constant awareness andprecautions are necessary because a person who has once contracted thedisease does not become immune--many people acquire gonorrhea more thanonce.Gonorrhea Symptoms:It's possible to have gonorrhea without any symptoms. If symptoms doappear, they may include discharge from the penis or vagina, the needto urinate often, burning or pain when urinating, and in women,bleeding between monthly periods. About half of the women withgonorrhea have no symptoms.Prevention - ChlamydiaBecause chlamydial infection often occurs without symptoms, people who areinfected may unknowingly pass the bacteria to their sex partners. Manydoctors recommend that all persons who have more than one sex partner,especially women under 25 years of age, be tested for chlamydial infectionregularly, even in the absence of symptoms. Using condoms (rubbers) ordiaphragms during sexual intercourse may help reduce the transmission ofchlamydial bacteria. In addition, recent research has shown that womeninfected with chlamydia have a 3 - 5 fold increased risk of acquiring HIV,if exposed.Chlamydia Symptoms:Chlamydia is known as the "silent epidemic" because three quarters ofthe women and half of the men with the disease have no symptoms.Possible symptoms include discharge from the penis or vagina and aburning sensation when urinating. Additional symptoms for womeninclude lower abdominal pain or pain during intercourse and bleedingbetween menstrual periods. Men may experience burning and itchingaround the opening of the penis and/or pain and swelling in thetesticles. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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