Women of childbearing age are usually able to conceive when they truly want to and are typically very healthy. However, there are health issues which can change this. Two health issues which can affect the ability to have children are infertility and human papilloma virus.
In this article you’ll learn the basics about each and how they are connected. You’ll also learn what possible treatments are available to you if you have HPV or are experiencing infertility.
What is Infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive and bear children. A woman who is having unprotected sex on her most fertile days of the month with a healthy male who is fertile and still cannot get pregnant is said to be having issues with infertility. This is a problem that affects millions of women.
Why Does Infertility Occur?
There are many reasons for why a woman may become infertile. Some of these have to do with genetics. For instance, if there is a family history of fertility problems, you may have them as well. Others have to do with certain diseases or health problems causing the infertility.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are known to inhibit fertility if they are not caught early enough.
What is the Human Papilloma Virus?
The Human Papilloma Virus is a type of viral STD and is also known as genital warts. Genital warts can affect both men and women and are spread via unprotected sexual intercourse. Women who have the HPV may not have any symptoms of it for years after the initial infection, and by then, it’s become a bigger problem for them.
What are the Symptoms of HPV?
Women who have HPV may have bleeding, itching and irritation in their vaginal area. Upon examination by a health professional, warts may be found on the vagina, vulva or cervix. They may also be found in the rectum and anus. These warts may be so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye or so big that they are easy to see.
Treatment for HPV
In a lot of cases, HPV doesn’t have to be treated as it goes away on its own. However, sometimes it does not go away, and when this happens, the person who has HPV may need to take medications. It is worth noting that HPV can be prevented pretty easily by getting the new HPV shot.
How are HPV and Infertility Connected?
So are infertility and Human Papilloma Virus connected? Or is that just a lie? Well, it’s not a lie, but it’s also not proven fact at this point. Some who have HPV are able to conceive just fine, while others may have complications and may have infertility. This can occur due to the severity of the warts.
For instance, if the warts are big and permanent, they may keep sperm from getting in. This obviously hasn’t been established as scientific fact, but it is a decent explanation for why HPV can cause infertility.
Are There Treatment Options for Infertility Caused by HPV?
The good news is that there definitely are treatment options for infertility caused by HPV. These include first getting the HPV treated (by taking medicine), and then, if the woman is still infertile, trying infertility treatments like insemination. You will want to discuss all these options with your doctor and OBGYN.
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