Why Do Women Seem To Suffer More With STDs Than Men

Why Do Women Seem To Suffer More With STDs Than Men

Women appear to be cursed in life, suffering from hormonal fluctuations, mood swings, menstrual cycles, labor pains and childbirth.

The unique anatomy of the female body makes them more susceptible to osteoporosis, arthritis, certain kinds of cancer and heart disease.

They’re also more susceptible to being contracting STDs like gonorrhea, herpes, HIV and AIDS. If left untreated, a woman could experience devastating consequences such as infant death and infertility. While treatment facilities and testing have become much better, women are still dealing with the emotional load of STDs. Why is that?

  • Distinctive Anatomy – The skin of the vagina is more delicate and thinner than the penis, which allows STD pathogens to get into their genitalia. With the moist environment, it’s the ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow.
  • Asymptomatic – Women don’t often show symptoms of being infected with common STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. And, even when symptoms are present, they tend to go away while the infection remains.
  • Treatment Delays – Women are using to having discharge, which means they could confuse the STD symptoms for something else entirely such as a yeast infection. Lesions, ulcers and warts on the vulva may be difficult to see due to the obscurity of the female genitalia.
  • Health Complications – A woman with untreated STDs could experience pelvic inflammatory disease, which can also cause ectopic pregnancies or infertility. Men don’t face as many complications as women do.
  • STDs and Children – Women who have an STD are more likely to transfer the disease to their baby including HIV, syphilis and genital herpes. This can lead to possible complications for the baby such as low birth weight, blindness, deafness, brain damage or stillbirth.
  • Higher HPV Chances – Women who get HPV are at risk for developing cervical cancer. While men can get HPV, it’s the women who see the serious problems with it.
Mark Riegel, MD

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