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Life Sciences => Physiology & Medicine => Topic started by: WonderingMind on 17/10/2005 20:51:20

Title: Chlamydia and your Menstrual Period
Post by: WonderingMind on 17/10/2005 20:51:20
I was wondering if STD's (Chlamydia)will affect your period like make it irregular?
Title: Re: Chlamydia and your Menstrual Period
Post by: chris on 21/10/2005 16:07:43
Hi there.

This question isn't really related to complementary therapy so I'll move it to medicine shortly.

However, chlamydia should not affect the menstrual cycle, but it might give the impression of doing so by causing bleeding (especially post-coital bleeding).

Naturally, in order to acquire chlamydia a woman needs to be having unprotected / barrier-free sex (which is very unwise unless you know your partner well) and this of course could lead to a more common cause of an irregular period - pregnancy.

Unprotected sex also places a woman at risk of human papilloma virus (HPV) infection which is the principal cause of cervical cancer, one presentation of which can be bleeding, fooling some people into thinking they are having irregular periods.

Dr Sarah Urquhart has written a naked science article about the menstrual cycle and period-problems (http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/articles/article/sarahurquhartcolumn1.htm), which might provide additional helpful background information.

Chris

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