STDs and pregnancy – a hot topic! Scar tissue from STDs can stop you from getting pregnant, but it depends on how bad and where the scar tissue is. Here’s some basic info on STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and getting pregnant.
But first, here’s what a reader asked about scar tissue and pregnancy:
“I have had the same STD twice the past couple years,” says W. on Healthy Pregnancy – 5 Ways to Prepare Your Body. “My husband and I really want to conceive. I have always had irregular periods. Do you think it’s possible for me to get pregnant since I would have all that scar tissue from those STDs I had?”
Yes, it’s definitely possible for you to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy! But STDs do leave scar tissue that can disrupt a normal conception. Whether you have scar tissue and how that will affect getting pregnant depends on the severity of the STDs.
W. also mentioned irregular periods. If you want to get pregnant, you need something to tell you when the egg is ready for the sperm, such as an Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test. It’ll tell you when you’re at your most fertile, and can help you get pregnant faster.
STDs and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
STDs or sexually transmitted diseases cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection of the uterus (womb), fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus) and other reproductive organs. Symptoms of PID include lower abdominal pain.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a serious complication of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Pelvic inflammatory disease can damage the fallopian tubes and tissues in and near the uterus and ovaries. This disease can lead to the formation of scar tissue, and cause serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tube or elsewhere outside of the womb), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain.
Scar Tissue, STDs, and Pregnancy
Gonorrhea is a common STD that causes pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 750,000 women in the United States develop PID every year. The symptoms may be quite mild or can be very severe, and can include abdominal pain and fever.
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Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled “pockets” that are hard to cure) and long-lasting, chronic pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
If you think you have scar tissue from a STD and you want to get pregnant…
Get checked by a doctor or gynecologist
The first step to dealing with scar tissue caused by STDs is to get a pelvic exam from a doctor. The sooner you find out if you have any scar tissue – or how bad it is – the sooner you can figure out what to do about it.
Don’t panic or get depressed that you can’t have a baby
Many women have fertility problems – including scar tissue from STDs – and get pregnant anyway. The key to coping with the consequences of STDs and scar tissue is to take it one step at a time. Talk to the doctor. Get tested. Learn about your body, and what its response was to the STD (ie, how much scar tissue you have). Talk about pregnancy with your doctor – get tips on getting pregnant. Read articles like How to Get Pregnant – 10 Ways to Maximize Your Chances of Conception.
You may also find How Often Should We Have Sex If We’re Trying to Get Pregnant? helpful.
If you have any tips or thoughts on STDs, scar tissues, and pregnancy, please comment below…