Monday, April 25, 2011
Surprising Fertility Facts You Better Know
PHOTO CREDIT: CRISTINA TARANTOLA
Unless you know for sure that your guy is STD-free, condoms are your best protection against fertility threats such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. If left untreated, these bacterial infections can enter your uterus and fallopian tubes, where they morph into a more serious condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Scarily, one in five women with PID end up infertile.
Caught early, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be easily cured with prescription meds. But not all women experience symptoms, such as a green-yellow discharge or burning and pain, so they don't know they are infected and never seek treatment. Bottom line: Be screened after any incidence of unsafe sex as well as at your yearly gyno checkup, just to play it safe.
Learn How to Handle Stress
Ever have your period go MIA for a month or two when you were under a lot of pressure? Then you know how stress can mess with your cycle, preventing you from ovulating regularly. Science backs this up: A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women took longer to become pregnant if they had high levels of a stress-related enzyme. It's important to hone your relaxation skills now, so stress doesn't disrupt your cycle when it's time to join the motherhood club.
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