Written by Ben Bunting: BA(Hons), PGCert.
Can chlamydia affect male fertilty? This article will discuss the possible effects of Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections on male fertility. Read on to learn how these infections affect sperm quality and reproductive organs. You may be surprised to learn that some types of Chlamydia do affect fertility. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
STIs can affect male fertility
There are several different ways that STIs can affect male fertility. The most common type of STI is the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can affect sperm parameters. The infection itself is not a factor in infertility in women, but can contribute to it. Researchers studied the semen samples of 20 male patients who tested positive for HPV. The researchers noted that men with HPV infections had more abnormalities in their sperm parameters than those who did not.
Most STIs can be cured or controlled with treatment, if caught early. The symptoms of chlamydia, the most common STI, may not affect male fertility. But untreated chlamydia can cause a deterioration in sperm quality, and should be treated as soon as possible. STIs can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can have negative impacts on fertility.
Despite the risk of STIs, there is very little research on how these infections affect male fertility. There is no cure for genital herpes, but treatment for genital herpes may improve fertility. The herpes virus remains in the body and can cause blisters to appear anytime. Infection can also have a negative impact on male fertility in indirect ways, as it can cause a couple to avoid sexual activity during outbreaks. This can prolong the time a couple takes to conceive.
One less well-known STI is Mycoplasma genitalium (MG). It was first discovered in 1981, but symptoms are not always obvious. Some symptoms may be mistaken for urinary tract infection or urethritis. However, the disease is often associated with inflammation in the tube that carries sperm. Hence, men should get regular CT testing to be safe. It has been suggested that MG is responsible for approximately one-fifth of infertile men.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease
It is also an STI and can spread to the fallopian tubes and womb. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy. It can also lead to painful inflammation of the rectum and genital area, including arthritis. If detected early, the risk of infertility decreases.
The sexually transmitted disease causes about 15% of infertility in men. Infections of the genital tract are also linked to infertility in both sexes, and can be passed on to a new partner without symptoms. In Australia, researchers discovered chlamydia in testicular tissues of infertile men. Among those tested, 43 had no known cause of infertility.
There are no symptoms of chlamydia for most people. Some may suffer no symptoms at all, while others may have infection for months or even years. Symptoms of chlamydia in men can include pain during urination and abnormal discharge from the penis. While many men are unaware of their infection, a doctor can help them prevent future infertility problems.
A common misconception is that STIs affect only female fertility. While a large number of STIs can be cured, others may not. In some cases, an infection of chlamydia can affect sperm quality and cause long-term damage to the reproductive system. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause severe complications, including infertility and epididymitis.
A lesser-known STI, Mycoplasma genitalium, is an example of an STI that affects male fertility. Symptoms of Mycoplasma genitalium, which is a form of chlamydia, may also be mistaken for urinary tract infection and urethritis. The infection can also cause inflammation of the tube that carries sperm. For this reason, regular testing is recommended.
It affects sperm quality
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial disease in men. While the role of CT infection in male infertility is controversial, the prevalence of infections and the subsequent impact on sperm quality has been studied in a retrospective study. Semen samples from 7154 infertile males in China were collected. Among those, 416 were CT positive and 6777 were negative. The semen samples were analyzed for routine parameters, including volume, pH, morphology, viability, and sperm concentration.
The results of the study suggest that Chlamydia infection has a direct impact on sperm quality and male infertility. The infection has been associated with an increased number of dead sperm and lower sperm volume. In addition, infertile men also exhibit abnormal white blood cell counts. Sperm DNA fragmentation is not yet assessed, but inflammation-associated obstruction of the ejaculatory duct may result in abnormal sperm counts and a decrease in sperm quality.
Infections with Chlamydia trachomatis can affect sperm quality. In men with LCS, sperm quality is lower than in healthy men. However, researchers are still in the early stages of identifying the cause and potential cures for this condition. Researchers studied the sperm of 143 men infected with Mycoplasma and chlamydia. They found that the DNA of the infected men's sperm was damaged by 30%, compared to 0% in healthy men. Furthermore, infected sperm tended to be malformed and immobile.
During a study of infertile men, a number of parameters were measured in their semen before and after antibiotic treatment. Tests included SV, SC, and TSM (Total Sperm Motility Class A+B+C). The study excluded men on antibiotics, men who had incomplete data, and men who did not send their sample within 30 minutes. Sperm samples were analyzed by manual or computer-aided methods according to World Health Organization Laboratory Manual. Mixed antiglobulin reaction testing was performed to assess the presence of antisperm antibodies.
It affects reproductive organs
Recent studies have shown that men with chlamydia infection are less likely to conceive a child than those with uninfected sperm. Infections of the sperm can affect parameters such as the proportion of DNA fragmentation, the reaction capacity of sperm, and the viability of sperm. The male infection rate is also higher than that of the general population, making the need for a vaccine for the condition and protection of both partners vital to pregnancy.
Although most male infections of chlamydia do not cause symptoms, if left untreated, they can damage the fallopian tubes, resulting in ectopic pregnancy. The condition is life-threatening if untreated, but if recognized early, it can be easily reversed with antibiotic treatment. Chlamydia can also damage the urethra and epididymis, which transport semen and urine from the body. Chlamydia can also cause severe abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting.
Infections of chlamydia are often treated with antibiotics, which improves sperm quality and increases male fertility. In early stages of treatment, 13% of couples achieve pregnancy, while 86% achieve pregnancy following the antibiotic regimen. Researchers from the Canalejo University Hospital in La Coruna, Spain, presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Washington, D.C.
While the bacterium does not cause infertility in women, if the infection is left untreated, it can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID causes inflammation of the reproductive organs, including the fallopian tubes. PID increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. If left untreated, PID can result in infertility and the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
It affects joints
A common sexually transmitted bacterium, Chlamydia, affects the reproductive organs, eyes, and joints. It can also cause skin problems and joint pain. Symptoms of chlamydia are not common, but can range from joint pain and swelling to rash. Chlamydia is spread through unprotected sex, and can also infect the newborn during birth. Chlamydia infection can be safely treated in pregnant women with a short course of antibiotics.
Although the effects of chlamydia on male fertility have not been studied as thoroughly as they are in women, the effects of the infection have been linked with infertility in women. In men, however, the infection has had a less dramatic effect, as only half of infected men show symptoms. The bacteria are transmitted by sexual partners despite men showing no signs or symptoms of infection.