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18/01/2016 at 03:03
My partner and I have resided to start trying for a baby, I am a little nervous because I had chlamydia and gonorrhea about 6 years ago, I am not sure how long I had up for, possibly up to a year.
I am sure all any mum to be just wants is a healthy baby, I am worried if it is still possible to conceived, is there a chance of birth complications or defects because of the STIs?
09/05/2016 at 22:53
My understanding is that the complications in birth and effects on baby's health is if the infection is still active when it is born.
The complications of a past infection are more in the way of conception and fertility.
I am currently worrying myself silly as I too have a histroy of an STI. I had mine for anything between 9 months and 3 months (I was sleeping with the same guy, but turns out he wasn't taking our relationship as seriously as me! I can't be mad because I never asked him about his sexual health as I was a young adoring idiot- hindsight is a shit) and got checked out after having a nasty UTI that went away with antibiotics, but got me thinking. Thank God it did eh?!
Iv read some scary stuff. But, iv also read lots of reassuring things. It's a very small percentage of women with a history of STIs that have consequential infertility. Most of those women developed PID which was not treated for some time. Of course there are odd ones out, the person who had one sti for a short time with no symptoms who is now sterile, but they are exceptions and not the rule. And even developing PID is not a guarantee of infertility. 1 in 8 women (approx 15%) will struggle to conceive after one episode of PID. Even in that statistic the word used is 'struggle', which isn't exactly cut and dry.
I mean, looking online it's clear that women get pregnant with an STI active in their systems!
I think the fact sheets on STIs responsibly provide worse case scenarios so that people are more careful OR prepared for the possibility if being careful is too late. If it was that inevitable that women who have had an STI become sterile or infertile, then doctors wouldn't insist trying other techniques and drugs out first- would be a waste of time and money.
Hope this reassures you.
10/05/2016 at 12:36
Hi I caught chlamydia from an ex who cheated on me, that was 9 years ago now. I had it for about 1-2 months I think.
I met my husband the following year and we now have 4 children together. I didn't experience any problems with conceiving, it only starts to cause problems when it develops into PID.
I once knew someone who had caught chlamydia and she had it for nearly 2 years before getting treated. She went on to have 2 children.
Hope this helps :)
10/05/2016 at 19:06
I think you are right about the PID beingvthe 'thing' that impacts fertility. Even if it develops into PID it isn't a definite end to the possibility of conception- it's multiple incidences or long term untreated incidences that seem to cause the most hassle.
Thanks for reassurances!
You feeling a bit more positive Holcov?
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