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How does chlamydia block the pathways of sperm and ovum?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Damage tube: Chlamydia infection causes damage to the cells of the fallopian tube, which prevents or blocks sperm and egg transport in the tube. Chlamydia is often silent. Recent study shows that subclinical (silent) infection causes infertility. The risk of a tubal pregnancy - ectopic; is also increased. The more infections the greater the risk and lower the fertility. Prevent infection with safe sex.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Tubal inflammation.: Chlamydia causes cervical and tubal infections; of these, the tubal infection is more chronic and harder to diagnose until it is already advanced and permanent tubal damage has occurred. When the tubes are blocked, the sperm and ovum cannot meet to fuse and create life. Ivf is the best option in such cases.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How exactly chlamydia affect the pathways of sperm and ovum?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Block Fallopian tube: Chlamydia can irritate urethra of both men & women, causing burning upon urination w/possible discharge. But if it gets past female cervix (after causing discarge) to fallopian tubes, it can cause pain, scarring & blockage there resulting in infertility. Chlamydia doesn't typically cause male-factor infertility, just female. So make the guy wear a condom each & every time! no excuses!
Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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