Friday 6 May 2016

STDs More Dangerous for Women, Reports Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) predicts that greater than 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases will be diagnosed in 2016, says women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Many newly diagnosed patients are women of childbearing age. Here, Ahlgrimm touches on the dangers of STDs in women and how these diseases may impact their fertility.

Q: Why has the number of cases of STDs increased over the past decade?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s possible that people are less concerned about their sexual partners, thanks to advanced medicines that make STDs effectively less dangerous than just a generation ago. And, technological advances as well as public awareness of STDs have led to more people seeking treatment, and thus more diagnoses.

Q: How are STDs more harmful to women than men?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Aside from women being more socially chastised for contracting an STD, there is evidence that their bodies are just not as capable of dealing with them as well as men’s. Additionally, women often go untreated because they do not exhibit outward symptoms until damage has already occurred. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancies, and infertility. Women most at-risk of STD-related reproductive issues are those who are pregnant or contract a disease while pregnant.

Q: Are STDs treatable?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Many STDs are completely curable and all are treatable. There are vaccines available to help prevent certain STDs, including HPV and Hep B.

Q: What is the best way to prevent passing or contracting an STD?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Of course, abstinence is the only way to avoid an STD. Sexually active persons should practice mutual monogamy or at least limit their sexual partners, remembering to properly use a latex condom for each encounter. Those engaging in oral sex should use an oral-genital barrier and avoid any contact if there are signs of a problematic condition, such as open sores or bumps around the genital area.


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