5 Common Reproductive Health Issues
These are 5 common reproductive health issues that effect both men and women. In most cases, the number of people that have contracted or will contract these reproductive health issues is on the rise. Each person is different, and his or her experience with the same issue can be completely different from someone else's.
- HPV. At this point in time, human papillomavirus is one of the most common reproductive health issues effecting people today. It is passed through sexual contact. According to the Center for Disease Control, “In 90% of cases, the body's immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.” Most people that have it do not realize it because of the lack of symptoms. While it can go away on its own, it is one of the contributing factors to cervical cancer.
- Infertility. Infertility is one of the common reproductive health issues that can be experienced by both men and women. Many people do not realize that they have this problem until they begin trying to conceive a child. This can be the result of treatments, diseases or even just something that is unexplainable.
- Herpes. Herpes is one of the common reproductive health issues that can be spread to another person. Depending on the strain, this can be passed on to another person through genital contact during an outbreak and, in some cases, in-between outbreaks. At this time, there is no treatment; however, there are medications that can be taken to reduce the severity of outbreaks.
- HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency) and (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Much like other common reproductive health issues, the number of people infected is steadily rising. While these diseases are passed through sexual contact from one person to another, it is not the only way to become at risk. The exchange of blood in either a blood transfusion or sharing a needle with an infected person is another way to contract HIV or AIDS.
- UTI (urinary tract infection). This common reproductive health issue is experienced by both men and women, but is more common in women. Bacteria finds it way into the urinary tract and creates an infection. While this is not a life threatening reproductive health issue, it can be painful. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.