Teens Should Take More Caution

STDs_infertility_links_fertility_blog_Feb2009.jpg Unfortunately much of what we do during our foolish teenage years has the potential to adversely affect us later in life. The links between STDs and infertility are present and sadly prevalent. Many teens have succumbed to infertility issues during their 30s after years of unprotected sex and contracting STDs. Diseases like Chlamydia and gonorrhea have the chance to turn into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if gone untreated; a condition that can result in fertility problems. CNN reported today saying, "...doctors worry about sexually active teenagers and young adults who may be unaware that some STDs may doom their chances of having a baby later in life. He said it is a growing reality for nearly 2 million women in the United States who are infertile. "We don't know how many are affected by STDs, but they can cause PID. A woman [with PID] has a 10 to 20 percent chance of being left infertile," Douglas said." The sheer truth is that teenagers are easy victims; most are unaware of the long-term repercussions of unprotected sex. It's not only the job of parents and teachers to bring about fertility awareness, but media organizations, who can impart some knowledge upon our younger generations.
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