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How Sexually Transmitted Infections Can Lead To Infertility

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National Infertility Awareness Week is April 22 – 28, 2019. It's a chance to talk openly about a disease that affects one in six couples. As a fertility doctor, many people tell me that they spent their 20s trying not to get pregnant. So understandably, it's frustrating that when they are ready, pregnancy doesn't come naturally to everyone.

Part of the stigma of infertility arises from misconceptions around what actually causes it. Women tend to blame themselves and internalize the failure, when the truth is that the majority of causes are out of their control. The two most common reasons for infertility are sperm problems (aka male factor) and scar tissue (aka pelvic factor).

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are one of the most common reasons why a woman might have scarring around the tubes and ovaries. Even if the infection happened many years ago, once formed, scar tissue does not go away and can affect fertility decades later. According to a February 2019 report by the World Health Organization, more than one million STIs are acquired every day worldwide.

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