Tuesday 10 December 2019

Infertility is a risk for those who get sex diseases

Illustration: Tom Halliday
Illustration: Tom Halliday

One in six people experiences fertility problems - and the figures are only set to rise, according to the National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISIG.

Helen Browne, co-founder and chairperson of NISIG believes that Ireland will no doubt see an increase in the number of men and women struggling to conceive due to the increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

She warns STDs are going to have a huge impact on couples that are trying to have babies in later life. "My concern especially applies to women and men in their 20s who are contracting STDs from unprotected sex.

"NISIG is urging young people to be extra careful and not have unprotected sex as STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can leave people carrying the disease infertile".

Helen comments that "The amount of women struggling to conceive will l begin to surge over the next few years due to STDs and infections in the younger years.

"The number of young women contracting chlamydia, which is the number one disease affecting a woman's chance to conceive, is on the rise rapidly".

She said NISIG is recommending chlamydia screening for all sexually active women aged 25 and under. This is because if chlamydia is untreated there is a 10-15pc chance that women could develop pelvic inflammatory disease.

This disease most commonly develops in sexually active women between the ages of 15-24.

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