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Untreated Gonorrhea And Infertility
Yes: Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can lead to scarring of reproductive organs and cause decreased fertility. PID is estimated to cause around 100,000 women to become infertile in the US every year. Chances of infertility due to PID become more likely each additional time a woman contracts PID. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: There are different types of chlamydia. A type called chlamydia pneumoniae has been found to infect neural tissue and joints. But i suspect you're asking about chlamydia trachomatis which hasn't been reported to infect the heart or brain. Although it does commonly cause eye infections that can lead to blindness. The question of resistance is tricky since there is a very high reinfection rate. ...Read more
Different problems: Chlamydia infects the urinary tract, so technically is a type of UTI. However, normal UTIs are entirely different medical problems from chlamydia. Neither one causes the other. UTIs are not caught from other people: natural bacteria from the intestine cause them. Chlamydia is only caught by sex with another person who already has it. There are no exceptions. Does that help clear things up? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PID: If untreated 10 to 15% of women with chlamydia may develop pelvic inflammatory disease (pid). Pid may start developing within weeks to months of infection. Or it may take longer in others. This can damage the fallopian tubes ; uterus ; result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy ; chronic pelvic pain. ...Read more
There can be,depends: The germs can travel up into your fallopian tubes and cause inflammation ; scarring that might prevent a natural pregnancy or place you at risk of a tubal pregnancy in the future. Early recognition and treatment with antibiotics may limit the damage.Your obgyn can explain the limitations of tests available to study the effect on your system. ...Read more
Is the only risk of untreated Chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease (which ultimately leads to infertility) ?
And can PID be symptomless for years?
Untreated infection: Anytime there is a untreated infection, STD or not, it can to continue to grow and progress. Ultimately the body's defense system can get "overwhelmed" by the infection and it can become blood system borne (sepsis)_ which can result in death. In addition, untreated STD's is the bane of CDC and MD's existences as it gives meaning to being "Typhoid Mary" with transmission to all contacts. ...Read more
Yes, Serious Problem: Untreated, gonorrhea can infect any of the areas along the male and female reproductive system. It can spread into the blood stream causing pockets of infection (abscess) anywhere in the body. It can infect the joints, heart (heart valve infections), brain (meningitis). It can form abscess in the skin and can be cultured from pimple like lesions. It needs to be treated as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: From UpToDate: Mycoplasma genitalium is also a common cause in pre-menopausal women. In post-menopausal women PID is not common, but E.coli and anaerobic bacteria are often the cause......* However, in most cases, the precise microbial etiology of PID is unknown. Regardless of the initiating pathogen, PID is clinically considered a mixed infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If an old chlamydia infection went unknown/untreated, would it definitely lead to PID and infertility?
Maybe: Infertility due to damage to the fallopian tubes and or pid are possible outcomes for chlamydia. Whether or not it would always happen is unclear. Antibiotics treatment for another problem (bronchitis, sinus infection) might also cure an unknown chlamydia infection, the person might never test positive or know they had it and show up infertile for no known reason. ...Read more
Possibly: If you were without symptoms and now get treated everything should be ok. It is the bad infections that do lead to pid & lead to infertility problems . Good example of why you should always have protected sex because you never know when you will pick something up and women often don't have symptoms. ...Read more
Chlamydia: Chlamydia infections that are not diagnosed early, but spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes can cause pid (pelvic inflammatory disease). Pid may damage the tube, which then may result in an ectopic pregnancy. For women, chlamydia infections do not have obvious symptoms and pid can be very difficult to diagnose. Chlamydia can be transmitted to an infant during childbirth if the mother has it. ...Read more
Yes, maybe: Yes - hpv causes cellular changes to the cervix, vaginal and vulva leading to cancer and precancerous lesions that may need ot be removed. This could include proceedures such as leeps or loops that remove part of the cervix. This can cause incompetent cervix leading to difficulty with getting pregnant or continuing a pregnancy. It may also lead to the need to remove the whole uterus and cervix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PID and Infections: One should go zero days knowing they have an infection before treating. There is no one right answer to your question, except that any delay in treatment risks pid. Treat known infections urgently. Always. ...Read more
Is trichomoniasis and chlamydia the same thing? Can you get chlamydia from having untreated trichomoniasis?
Can non chlamidial ngu cause pid in female partner. Gonorrhoea, chlamidia, mycoplasma genitalium, ureaplsama , trich all negative. No std found. ?
Probably not: Neither PID nor any other health problem has ever been documented in the sex partners of men with NGU not due to chlamydia or M. genitalium. Does your partner have PID, or are you just worried concerned about it? If the latter, my advice is to not worry. If PID is suspected, she of course should see her doctor or perhaps an NHS GUM clinic. Otherwise nothing need be done. ...Read more
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