General Article 5 ways STIs can affect your fertility

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A quarter of all infertility cases are thought to be caused by an undiagnosed sexually transmitted infection.

By Dr Geetha Venkat

If you have you been trying to get pregnant for a year or more with no luck, it’s normal to feel frustrated and start to worry that you might have an underlying health condition. But while eating a healthy diet, ensuring you get plenty of exercise and generally looking after your health will all stand you in better stead for improved fertility, you might not have considered your sexual health.

Nearly half a million people in the UK are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year. While STIs are upsetting and embarrassing, what many people don’t realise is that some STIs can affect your fertility too. In fact, as many as a quarter of all infertility cases are thought to be linked to an undiagnosed STI.

The director at Harley Street Fertility Clinic Dr Geetha Venkat looks at the most

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