Could a silent infection be causing your infertility?

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Could a silent infection be causing your infertility?

1 of the most overlooked things when struggling for a baby, is whether or not either of you have a genito-urinary infection.

Many genito-urinary infections have no symptoms and so can easily be missed.  Plus there is the stigma attached which often puts people off from getting checked out. They can impact your immune system and lead to inflammation which may stop you from falling pregnant and affect your fertility, or even lead to miscarriage.

Some are transferred sexually whilst others are viruses or bacterial infections that can be spread via skin to skin contact.

Infections to look out for include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Warts
  • Genital Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Pubic Lice
  • Scabies

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are both common preventable causes of infertility.  If left untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may lead to blocked fallopian tubes thus affecting your fertility.

Unfortunately, there are also risks to your baby:

  • Increased chance of miscarriage
  • an infection of the eyes which may affect eye-sight.
  • inflammation of the lungs which may promote asthma.
  • middle-ear infections which may cause hearing loss.
  • increased risk of gastro-enteritis which may cause digestive issues
  • possible urinary-tract infection in your baby

Generally, if you have an infection during your pregnancy, there is always the possibility that this may affect the health of your baby when it is born.

So, getting checked out for genito-urinary infections via your GP should be carried out before getting pregnant to optimise your fertility and chances of having a healthy baby, naturally.