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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can pose significant health risks, especially when left untreated. For women, the repercussions can extend beyond immediate symptoms, leading to serious long-term health issues. At NewMed Immediate Care, we emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment of STDs to safeguard women’s health. Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of untreated STDs in women.

Long-Term Health Complications

  1. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Untreated STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can ascend from the vagina and cervix up into the reproductive organs, leading to PID. This infection of the female reproductive organs can cause persistent pelvic pain, infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies.
  2. Increased Risk of HIV: Having an untreated STD increases the susceptibility to HIV infection. Inflammatory STDs cause breaks in the genital tract lining or disrupt the barrier to infection, providing an easier path for HIV to enter the body.
  3. Complications During Pregnancy: STDs can have severe consequences during pregnancy, impacting both mother and child. Untreated STDs can lead to premature delivery, transmission of the disease to the newborn, low birth weight, and infections in the newborn, potentially leading to long-term health problems or even death.
  4. Infertility: Several STDs can cause damage to the reproductive system, leading to infertility in women. The damage is often silent and progressive, and a woman may not realize she has a fertility problem until she tries to get pregnant.
  5. Cervical Cancer: Certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV), when left untreated, can lead to the development of cervical cancer. Regular screening for women, especially those with HPV, is crucial to detect and manage changes in cervical cells before they develop into cancer.

Prevention and Early Treatment

  • Regular Screening: Annual screenings for STDs are recommended for sexually active women, especially those with multiple partners or new partners. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and to avoid the progression of diseases.
  • Vaccination: Vaccines are available for some STDs, including HPV, which can protect against the types of virus most commonly associated with cervical cancer and genital warts.
  • Safe Sex Practices: Using condoms correctly every time you have sex can significantly reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of contracting or spreading STDs. Discuss STD prevention with your partner and consider mutual testing before initiating sexual activity.
  • Prompt Treatment: If you test positive for an STD, getting treated promptly can prevent serious health issues and stop the spread of the infection to others. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and complete all prescribed medication courses, even if symptoms disappear.

NewMed Immediate Care’s Role for Optimal Sexual Health in Rolling Meadows

At NewMed Immediate Care, we provide confidential STD testing and treatment services. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive care and education to help women understand and manage their sexual health. If you suspect you might have an STD or have questions about prevention, our healthcare providers are here to help you with respectful and compassionate care.

The impact of untreated STDs in women can be profound and life-altering. Prioritizing sexual health and undergoing regular screenings are key steps in prevention and early detection. Remember, many STDs are completely treatable, and early treatment can prevent serious health issues and improve your quality of life.

Posted on behalf of NewMed Immediate Care

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Rolling Meadows

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008


5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169