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SILENT FERTILITY KILLERS

Hello peeps, thank God its friyay! I am so excited about this coming weekend because I need some rest.

I hope you had a stress-free  week? In case you didn’t , please find time to rest during the weekend because rest is essential if you must function maximally.

I started talking about infertility and its causes last week, in case you missed my last post, you can read it here…

I am going to continue from where I stopped by proceeding to:

THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA

The treatment of gonorrhea is strictly by combination of antibiotics. It is very important that you and your partner get treated even if you/your partner is not showing any sign of the infection, so as to prevent re-infection by the carrier.

According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control:  uncomplicated gonorrhea be treated only with the antibiotic ceftriaxone given as an injection in combination with either azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) or doxycycline (Monodox, Vibramycin, others) two antibiotics that are taken orally.

Babies who are born by mothers who are with gonorrhea should receive antibiotic eye ointment after birth to prevent eye infection. If infection develops, antibiotics should be given.

NB: do not do self medication, always seek professional medical advise from your health care provider. 

If Gonorrhea is left untreated, the followings are the possible complications:

  • Infertility in women. Untreated gonorrhea can spread into the uterus and Fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may result in scarring of the tubes, greater risk of pregnancy complications and infertility. PID is a serious infection that requires immediate treatment.
  • Infertility in men. Men with untreated gonorrhea can experience epididymitis — inflammation of a small, coiled tube in the rear portion of the testicles where the sperm ducts are located (epididymis). Epididymitis is treatable, but if left untreated, it may lead to infertility.
  • Infection that spreads to the joints and other areas of your body. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea can spread through the bloodstream and infect other parts of your body, including your joints. Fever, rash, skin sores, joint pain, swelling and stiffness are possible results.
  • It increases your risk of HIV/AIDS. People who have both gonorrhea and HIV can easily pass both diseases more readily to their partners.
  • Complications in babies. Babies who contract gonorrhea from their mothers during birth can develop blindness, sores on the scalp and infections.

 

However, Gonorrhea can be prevented. “Prevention is better than cure” this can not be over emphasized.

some of the prevention includes:

  • Complete abstinence from sex is the most reliable way to prevent gonorrhea. But if you choose to have sex, use a condom during any type of sexual contact.
  • Before the initiation of sexual intercourse with new partner find out whether your partner has been tested for sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea. If not, ask whether he or she would be willing to be tested.
  •  If your partner has signs or symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as burning during urination or a genital rash or sore, don’t have sex with that person.
  • Go for regular annual screening if you are sexually active and you are less than 25 years of age and for older women at increased risk of infection, also those who have a new sex partner, if you have more than one sexual partner, or if your sexual partner has a sexually transmitted infection.

    Regular screening is also recommended for men who have sex with men, as well as their partners.

To avoid reinfection with gonorrhea, abstain from unprotected sex for seven days after you and your sex partner have completed treatment and after the symptoms has subsided.

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lots of love.

Adenike Oladimeji (RN).

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SILENT ROOT OF INFERTILITY

HEY darling, I am happy to write to you today… I have been quiet occupied for a while now but I will still make time out to do this as frequent as I can.

I am a nurse and I work in a clinic, I have been privileged to give listening ear to couple of people who have been married for years but have no child/ren.

Some are just waiting on God(miracles) while others are going about seeking medical attention.

One lady told me its been 3 years now they are still waiting on God, I advised her to visit a gynecologist while we continue to wait on God.

She came back after a lot of consultations and laboratory investigations and she told me, the consultant told her that her infertility was as a result of a long-standing infection!

Can you imagine that? NO… a lot of us pay little or no attention to our reproductive system/organs while single which is not supposed to be.

I probed further by asking her about past infections she noticed, she said it was when she was in school… she had a sexual partner who she believed was faithful until she noticed she was having serious itching and burning sensation on her private part, she spoke about it to her friends, they gave her some tablets and cream , the signs/symptoms stopped and she moved on with her life even though she had some discharges but she felt it was normal and she ignored, not knowing she was in some troubles!

Allow me to tell you something about infertility and some silent STDs that can cause it in this post and the next.

 

WHAT IS INFERTILITY?infertility awareness.png

In my own word: it is the state of inability  to bring forth an offspring or a lack of productivity after one full year of unprotected sex…

It might be from the man/woman… both genders can be infertile! Permit me to talk about female infertility because the society we are in attacks the woman first when it comes to infertility.

Infertility in women can be as a result of either of the below listed causes:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • A previous infection.
  • hormonal imbalances
  • Polyps in the uterus.
  • alcohol/drug abuse
  • Endometriosis or fibroid.
  • obesity (being over weight)
  • Scar tissue or adhesion.
  • Stress
  • Chronic medical illness.
  • A previous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
  • Thyroid gland prob
  • A birth defect.
  • excess/intense exercise
  • irregular/short menstrual cycle
  • aging(as we age, our fertility decreases).

 

These and many more can cause infertility, until you visit the Physician, you might not be able to figure it out…

I will like to dwell on INFECTIONS/PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID). 

female pelvic

Common infections that causes PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE and INFERTILITY if left untreated are CHLAMYDIA and GONORRHEA. Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop PID. Chlamydia can also cause fallopian tube infection without any symptoms. PID and “silent” infection in the upper genital tract may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues, which can lead to infertility. Most women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.

Lets talk about GONORRHEA: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years, but anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

You can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea. A pregnant mother with gonorrhea can give the infection to her baby during childbirth.

SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GONORRHEA

Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, men who do have symptoms, may have:

  • burning sensation when passing urine
  • A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis;
  • Painful or swollen testicles (this doesn’t happen in all cases)

Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms in women can include:

  • Painful or burning sensation when urinating;
  • Increased vaginal discharge (this is why women should know the normal amount and color of the usual vagina discharge)
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods.

Rectal infections may either cause no symptoms or cause symptoms in both men and women that may include:

  • Discharge;
  • Anal itching;
  • Soreness;
  • Bleeding;
  • Painful bowel movements.

You should be examined by your health care provider  if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD, such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods.

 

I will like to continue in my next post, please watch out for the conclusion.

If you have any question or contribution kindly drop them in the comment section and all will be attended to…

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lots of love,

Adenike Oladimeji.