Physician assistant Mary Ann recalls which STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can affect fertility.
Well, a number of ways. The biggest one I think would be chlamydia because it can cause the scarring to the fallopian tubes, to the ovaries, which have to be able to be functioning properly in order for the patient to be able to conceive and get pregnant.
Other STDs that could interfere, obviously HIV is something that, you know, you should be tested for when you are pregnant to make sure that you are not passing that on to your child. Herpes is another issue, especially with pregnancy. We want to ensure that there’s no current outbreak of herpes, genital . . . outbreak during the delivery to again, protect the baby.
About Mary Ann Shostek, P.A.-C.:
Mary Ann is a Physicians Assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Medical Science, graduating from the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona in 2004. Mary Ann’s experience is in Women’s Health – specializing in fertility.